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The Shuttle Training Aircraft was a NASA training vehicle that duplicated the Space Shuttle's approach profile and handling qualities, allowing Space Shuttle pilots to simulate Shuttle landings under controlled conditions before attempting the task on board the orbiter.

C-11A Shuttle Training Aircraft
Gulfstream II Shuttle Training Aircraft.jpg
Role Advanced trainer
Manufacturer Grumman
Retired 2012
Status Retired
Primary user NASA
Number built 4
Developed from Grumman Gulfstream II
Variants Grumman C-11

The Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA) was a NASA training vehicle that duplicated the Space Shuttle's approach profile and handling qualities, allowing Space Shuttle pilots to simulate Shuttle landings under controlled conditions before attempting the task on board the orbiter.

STS-132 Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA)

Courtesy: NASA, Produced by: Regan Geeseman NASA requested the Image Acquisition Group document the STS-132 crew during Shuttle Training Aircraft ...

STS-133 Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA)

Courtesy: NASA, Produced by: Regan Geeseman NASA requested the Image Acquisition Group document the STS-133 crew during Shuttle Training Aircraft ...

Space Shuttle Training Aircraft Approach

http://shuttlesource.com presents the landing of the shuttle training aircraft prior to the landing of the STS-117 Space shuttle mission. The Gulfstream aircraft is a ...

STS-134 Crew Practice Landing the Shuttle

Space shuttle Endeavour's STS-134 mission Commander Mark Kelly and Pilot Greg Johnson practiced shuttle landings in a Shuttle Training Aircraft, or STA, ...

Space Shuttle Landing And Rollout Simulation At VMS

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Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA)

Great video showing the STA in use for approach and landing practice. Pay special attention to the heads up display information.