Posted on July 21, 2011

Michelin Celebrates Final Space Shuttle Landing

Michelin Sole Tire Supplier for Space Shuttle Program

GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 21, 2011) – The space shuttle Atlantis touched down for the last time today, landing once again on MICHELIN® tires. Michelin has been manufacturing
the space shuttle tires at its Norwood, N.C., aviation tire plant.

"It was a proud moment for Michelin and NASA to watch the close of the space shuttle era," said Ron Olds, vice president of sales for Michelin Aircraft Tires. "The final landing closed a 30-year chapter in American history that showcased some of the greatest technological advancements spurred on by the American spirit. Every aspect of the shuttle program - down to the tires designed to dependably return the spacecraft safely to earth - is a tribute to the American 'can do' attitude."

The tires for the space shuttle undergo extreme conditions - from landing at speeds up to 288 mph to carrying loads as much as three times that of a Boeing 747 tire, which is the equivalent of a 40-car starting line-up at a NASCAR race.

The tires weigh approximately 230 pounds and each tire takes approximately six hours to build. The space shuttle takes six tires - four main-landing gear and two nose-landing gear tires - to land. The shuttle tires are inflated up to 373 psi and use nitrogen, which best maintains pressure in varying altitudes and extreme temperatures.


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Gary Fearon | January 29, 2020 @ 1:36PM
I have the Michelin Primacy 3 ST, 245 x 45 x 18 tyres fitted to the four corners of my (Australian) FG Ford Falcon XR6 cab chassis (iow pickup). Along with additional soundproofing measures, my car has a 'Space Shuttle' ride, extremely quiet and very pleased.

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