HE shuttle orbiter, the airplane-like part of the
shuttle, is about the size of a DC-9 jetliner. It has three main sections. The forward fuselage holds the crew cabin, with the llight deck. The mid fuselage houses the payload (cargo) bay and robot arm (Remote Manipulator System). The aft fuselage has the vertical tail, three main engines, and orbital maneuvering engines.
The crew of five to seven sleeps, eats, and cooks in the cabin mid deck below the flight deck. Crew members float about, moving between the decks through two hatches. The galley, or kitchen, contains a large variety ol foods. The astronauts take turns preparing three meals a day for the crew.
The payload bay is not pressurized.
To enter it. the astronauts go into an air lock. There, they change into space suits. Then they can work in the bay or outside the ship.
Flight deck and cockpit Commander’s seat Pilot’s sedt two crew seats Payload bay controls Air lock Crew hatch Toilet Mid deck
Avionics bay (onboard electronics)
Forward control thrusters Nose wheel for landing Reinforced carbon carbon (RCC) on orbiter nose Thermal tile shield Payload bay doors Payload bay Camera on RMS RMS fRemote Manipulator System)
Communications satellite, held by RMS Main landing wheels Delta wing
Elevon (combines function of aileron and elevator)
Main engine Aft control thrusters Orbital maneuvering engine Rudder and speed brake Vertical tail stabilizer
Fun Fact: Big Load
The payload bay can hold over 60,000 pounds, or 30 tons, of cargo, including space station parts, satellites, telescopes, Spacelab, a portable science laboratory, or other equipment.