Spectrum was built after the Constellation (Orion) Program concluded. Its first missions were to fly into low earth orbit (the same level as the International Space Station) and construct the U.S. Space Station. The shuttle design overwent thousands of modifications than the original space shuttles.. The future missions will involve having Luna manned while the other crew members will land on the moon. All future missions will involve both the spacecraft from the shuttle missions and the constellation missions but will still be called a space shuttle mission, not a constellation mission.
The United States Congress authorized the construction of Spectrum in April 2026 after the conclusion of the Constellation (Orion) Program, which concluded in February 2026. Every part used to construct Spectrum were brand new and redesigned.
Spectrum was named though a national competition involving students in elementary and secondary schools. Entries included an essay about the name, the story begind it and why is was apprpriate for a NASA shuttle, and the project tat supported the name. Spectrum was the most popular entry, accounting for almost one-third of the sate-level winners. For exampe, Utah's state level winner, Jared York, a seventh grade student from Nibley Park Elementary school located in Salt Lake City, Utah, selected Spectrum because when a spacecraft re-enters the atmosphere, it creates a great spectrum of light. The national winners were Senatobia Middle School in Senatobia, Mississippi, in the elementary division and Tallulah Falls School in Tallulah Falls, Georgia, in the upper school division. The national winners were selected based on the quality of the project submitted with their entries. They were honored at several cermonies in Washington, D.C., including a White House ceremony where then-President William J. Mendenhall presented awards to each school.
The orbiter is named after The Great Spectrum, also and most commonly known as the Northern Lights.
Spectrum was delivered by Lockheed Martin in February 2027 and first launched two months later, in April 2027, on STS-1001. Lockheed Martin claimed that it had made no profit on Spectrum, despited construcion costing US$6.7 billion. On its first mission, it deployed the first module of the first Lunar Orbit Space Station, Luna.
Throughout the next nine missions, it finished construction of the Luna Space Station.
The shuttle is now undergoing massive modifications to allow it to land on the moon and also launch from it as well. The next missions will consist of residing at the Lunar Outpost which was constructed during the Constellation (Orion) program.
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|#||Launch Date||Designation||Launch Pad||Landing Location||Duration||Notes|
April 14, 2027
|STS-1001||39A||Kennedy||28 Days, 1 hour, 12 minutes, 21 seconds||First flight of Spectrum. Deploy service modules of the Space Station|
November 14, 2027
|STS-1002||39A||Edwards Air Force Base||28 Days, 1 hour, 3 minutes, 52 seconds||Deploy solar panels and orbital thrusters and attach to Luna|
April 14, 2028
|STS-1003||39A||Kennedy||28 Days, 1 hour, 21 minutes, 2 seconds||Deploy docking adapter and airlock module and attach to Luna|
November 14, 2028
|STS-1004||39A||Edwards Air Force Base||28 Days, 1 hour, 7 minutes, 18 seconds||Deploy orbital workshop and attach to Luna|
April 14, 2029
|STS-1005||39A||Kennedy||28 Days, 57 minutes, 51 seconds||Deploy crew module and attach to Luna|
November 14, 2029
|STS-1006||39A||Edwards Air Force Base||28 Days, 1 hour, 8 minutes, 19 seconds||Deploy telescope, communications satellite, and first stage of the artificial gravity adapter and attach to|
April 14, 2030
|STS-1007||39A||Kennedy||28 Days, 31 minutes, 59 seconds||Deploy the second stage of the artificial gravity adapter and attach to Luna|
|8||November 14, 2030||STS-1008||39A||
Edwards Air Force Base
|28 Days, 1 hour, 27 minutes, 13 seconds||Deploy the final stage of the artificial gravity adapter, and the artificial gravity thrusters and attach to Luna|
|9||April 14, 2031||
|39A||Kennedy||28 Days, 1 hour, 1 minute, 36 seconds||Deploy final components to Luna, attach them, and complete construction|
|10||November 14, 2031||
|39A||Edwards Air Force Base||28 Days, 24 minutes, 21 seconds||Attatch spaceflight utilities to Luna for any future EVA operations|
|11||April 14, 2032||STS-1011||39A||Kennedy||
28 Days, 13 minutes, 41 seconds
|First docking of the Altair Lunar Module, first docking to Luna, test docking and undocking procedures, successfully orbit the earth, and check every part of Luna to insure maximum effeciency|
|12||November 14, 2032||STS-1012||39A||Edwards Air Force Base||28 Days, 48 minutes, 7 seconds||Load Luna with life support components, food, and etc., test all Luna components again to affirm operational space station. Also test the artificial gravity and record tests on astronauts|
|13||April 14, 2033||STS-1013||39A||Kennedy||TBD||Successfully land on the moon and utilize the lunar outpost for an extended period of time, explore the lunar surface and perform experiments|
All missions from 13 on will have the new Spacelab contained in the shuttle cargo bay for lunar experiments and life support components for Luna and the lunar outpost.