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The space shuttle Orbiter Enterprise (OV-101) was the first US shuttle constructed. It was rolled out in September 1976. It was used for ground testing and subsonic drop test flight testing only. Original plans were to convert it into a spaceworthy Orbiter but that did not happen. After the Space Shuttle Program ended in 2011, Enterprise was placed in a museum in New York.

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How was Enterprise held/released from the carrier 747 for the Shuttle approach and landing tests?

Related to my other question: What are the benefits of using pyrotechnics on spacecraft? When the Space Shuttle was first flight tested (Enterprise approach and landing tests) it was released from a ...
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How 'space ready' was space shuttle prototype Enterprise?

I have long believed that Enterprise was just an empty craft, with only the instruments to operate in shorts flights in the atmosphere. Basically a large glider with odd wings. However, I have been ...
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