Space Shuttle Spectrum on launch pad 39A
prior to mission STS-1001 on April 14, 2027

OV designation



United States

Contract award

February 14, 2027



First Flight

April 14, 2027 -
May 12, 2027

Last Flight

April 14, 2032 -
May 12, 2032

Number of missions


Crew members

12 in space
14 total

time spent in space

280 days
10 hours
15 minutes
52 seconds

Space Shuttle Spectrum (Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-106) is the only currently operational orbiter in the Space Shuttle fleet of NASA,the space agency of the United States. Spectrum is the sixth and final spaceworthy NASA space shuttle to be built. Spectrum first flew in April 2027 on mission STS-1001 and is scheduled for STS-1013 in April 2033.

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.

History Edit

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.

Overall Crew Members Edit

Been in space

Jared Washington

Samantha Brown

Michael Fischer

Nicole Scott

Elgo Poquen

Thomas Wilkinson

Daniel Kelly

Sandra Paxton

Austin Barber

Ethan Glance

Liamond Smith

Roger Hines

Never in space

Sarah Jenkins

Larry Sanders

Flights Edit

# 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.


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Spectrum at Launch Pad 39A prior to STS-1010


Spectrum and its STS-1004 crew head toward Earth orbit and rendezvous with the International Space Station


Underside view of Spectrum during STS-1001 as it approached the International Space Station and performed a back-flip


An overhead image of Spectrum during STS-1007, as recorded by the onboard camera attatched to the International Space Station


Space Shuttle Spectrum at the launch of STS-1010


The Space Shuttle Spectrum landing at the end of STS-1002


Spectrum on to of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft

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Space Shuttle Spectrum launches from launch pad 39A on mission STS-1001


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STS-1012 launched on November 14, 2032

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The Space Shuttle Spectrum soon after landing on Earth

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Spectrum sits atop a Boeing 747 as it touches down

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The launch of STS-1010

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Modified Boeing 747 carrying Spectrum


Spectrum performing the Rendezvous pitch maneuver prior to docking with the International Space Station


An overhead view of Spectrum as it sits atop the Mobile Launcher Platform before STS-1009

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