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The Enterprise (OV-101) was the prototype orbiter for the space shuttle system. The launch system used by the first vessels constructed of this model consisted of an orbiter vehicle, an external liftoff tank, and two rocket boosters. (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)
In April 1981, the Columbia was launched into space on her maiden voyage. This mission was the first of 133 orbital missions completed by the Columbia and her sister ships over the next thirty years. Sadly, two additional missions ended in tragedy with the Challenger destroyed during launch in 1986 and the Columbia disintegrating during reentry in 2003. This first generation of space shuttle orbiters was retired in 2011 and subsequently replaced by the second generation of space shuttle orbiters like the OV-165. (PIC: "Two of One")
List of orbiters
NASA's first series of orbiters have been honored by having several future starships named for them. (listed in order shuttles became operational)
- The astronauts selected for the STS-107 mission were Richard Douglas Husband, William Cameron McCool, David McDowell Brown, Kalpana Chawla, Michael Phillip Anderson, Laurel Clark, and Ilan Ramon. The mission insignia was later seen in 2143, along with other NASA mission insignia in the 602 Club. (ENT: "First Flight")
- Challenger (OV-099) – Starships Challenger
- Mission insignia for two Challenger missions were displayed in the bar in Bozeman, Montana in 2063. (Star Trek: First Contact)
- Discovery (OV-103) Starships Discovery
- The mission insignia for STS-33 was displayed in the bar in Bozeman, Montana in 2063. (Star Trek: First Contact) Two other mission insignia were displayed in the 602 Club in 2143. (ENT: "First Flight")
The first flight of the Columbia, and of the Space Shuttle Program, in 1981 is one of the real world events referenced in the Star Trek Chronology (1st ed., p. 15).