Space Shuttle replica 'Orbiter' set for its Last Mission in Calgary

May 08, 2014   |  
May 8, 2014

Calgary, AB. – The space shuttle replica 'Orbiter' has made YYC its home since 2000. It will begin its journey to the Coca-Cola Science Center at Columbus State University on May 8, 2014, after it is removed from its current location overlooking YYC's SpacePort learning centre.

The Orbiter is an exact quarter-scale replica of the original shuttle, which was built by NASA for the purpose of wind-tunnel and vibration testing. This replica is considered a historical space artifact, and its ownership was transferred to the Smithsonian Museum from NASA after the space shuttle program was discontinued.

The Orbiter was graciously loaned to The Calgary Airport Authority initially for a 10-year period, along with an authentic piece of moon rock (which remains on display in SpacePort), as part of NASA’s support of the Authority’s SpacePort learning initiative which started in September 2000.

The shuttle has been enjoyed by millions of visitors over its 14 years at YYC. It has been a valuable part of the SpacePort school program, which has welcomed thousands of children to the airport as they learn about space and aviation at an interactive learning centre that's open to schools and the public throughout the year.

The shuttle will be departing YYC the same way it came in – through the airside viewing area of Banff Hall and the move, which began on May 6, will be completed in the evening of May 8.

About The Calgary Airport Authority

The Calgary Airport Authority is a not-for-profit, non-share capital corporation incorporated under the Alberta Regional Airports Authorities Act. Since 1992, it has been responsible for the management, maintenance and development of Calgary International Airport and Springbank Airport under long-term lease from the Government of Canada.