NASA Used Delta II Rocket Instrument Panel McDonnell Douglas
Delta II Rocket instrument panel (without electronics)
2 1/2 inch by 7 1/2 inch angled metal panel, possibly aluminum or titanium, weighing 2 pounds, 10 ounces. With 26 openings, each silk screened with an alphanumeric designation, for indicator lights or switches. Former NASA inventory, made by McDonnell Douglas, marked MR-RP01-13-0382, 73R310467 2002, and S/N 7417N170.
The Delta II Rocket was primarily used to launch GPS/communications satellites into earth orbit. In its early days, there were plans to eventually use the Delta II Rocket for the Space Shuttle, but these plans were scrapped after the Challenger disaster in 1986. The last GPS launch aboard a Delta II, and the final launch from SLC-17A at Cape Canaveral was in 2009. The GRAIL Launch in 2011, part of the NASA Discovery Program, marked the last Delta II Heavy launch and the last from Florida.
This part came from NASA inventory in Florida. It is from the estate of Charles Bell, a former NASA engineer and collector of space program hardware.