Show: Innovation Workshop

Episode: Innovation Workshop: Building Discovery (part 2 of 2)

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Episode Description:

This is part 2 of a 45-minute program.

Innovation Workshop: Building Discovery focuses on the engineering and science of how the space shuttles were built and operated. Through science demonstrations, explanatory graphics, archival footage, and interviews with experts, students will discover how engineers created one of the most magnificent machines ever built — a reusable space plane.

By exploring the design process, students will understand how NASA weighed the cost benefits and technical requirements of a vehicle. The need to make the space shuttle reusable meant that every component needed to withstand the rigors of launching to space like a rocket, orbiting the Earth like a spacecraft, and landing like an airplane.

Innovation Workshop: Building Discovery shows how the development of the space shuttle components pushed the envelope of engineering to create a reusable spacecraft. During launch, the Space Shuttle Main Engines withstands extreme temperature changes, is able to be throttled and performs consistently during the 8½ minute launch. Once in orbit, the payload bay and Canadarm (remote manipulator system) ensured Discovery effectively performed its mission. Then, during re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, the thermal protection system protects astronauts from the heat caused by friction.

Extensive testing ensures safety and performance for the serious business of launching humans into space. Before the first launch, building a test vehicle allowed engineers to test the flight characteristics of the orbiter vehicle. Several Approach and Landing Tests ensured that a space shuttle could indeed land back on Earth safely.

Launching humans into space and returning them to Earth safely meant the design and development of the vehicle that transports them must be precise. The innovations of the space shuttle had this very specific and focused purpose.

With 39 missions completed, the Discovery orbiter vehicle is now on display and on its final mission at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

The content for Innovation Workshop: Building Discovery was guided by a team of museum educators, space shuttle experts, NASA officials, FCPS curriculum specialists, and FCPS Information Technology staff to meet Virginia Department of Education Standards of Learning (SOL), Next Generation Science Standards, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards, and Common Core State Standards.

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