Space-Shuttle Enterprise (OV-101)

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Space Shuttle Enterprise (OV-101) – late 20th Century, early 21st Century

We learn from Star Trek: The Motion Picture, that the first space shuttle in the Star Trek universe was the Enterprise (OV-101).

Space Shuttle Enterprise (OV-01)

Space Shuttle Enterprise (OV-01)


In the real world, the Enterprise OV-101 (orbital vehicle) was originally designed for test flights in Earth’s atmosphere and never reached outer space.  It was NASA’s first space shuttle, and Earth’s first reusable test vehicle.   She is currently displayed in the Udvar-Hazy Center of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum.

An artistic rendition of the space-shuttle Enterprise was displayed in Jonathan Archer’s ready room, showing Enterprise in flight (Star Trek: Enterprise).

It was also honored with a portrait on the Enterprise NCC 1701-Refit’s recreation deck (Star Trek: The Motion Picture).

This space-shuttle Enterprise also appeared docked to the International Space Station (ISS) as a model in Benjamin Sisko’s office on Deep Space 9 (Star Trek Encyclopedia).

If you look closely at the picture that was hanging in Archer’s ready room, the OV-101 has a ‘II’ next to it.    If that is the case, the shuttle may have been upgraded for spaceflight.   So, the Enterprise pictured may in fact be from the early 21st century and was launched by NASA in conjunction with the International Space Agency.


  OV-101 article at Star Trek: Expanded Universe, the wiki for Star Trek fan productions!

–  Space Shuttle Enterprise article at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 





~ by startreklives on May 9, 2008.

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