NASA is taking a cue from Wal Mart offering the low price – always…the agency slashed the price to acquire an orbiter for public display.
They were asking 42 million bucks but just lowered the price to just south of 29 million – not including taxes title and dealer prep. Actually you can’t buy the orbiters when they are done flying – you are just paying for the shipping – piggyback on a custom 747. The higher price included the cost of safeing the vehicles – meaning cleaning out all those nasty, volatile and cancer causing chemcials. But now NASA says it will pay for that. The buyers still have to figure out how to get the orbiters from the nearest airport big enough for that 747 – to the museum – no dismantling allowed.
The Smithsonian has already claimed Discovery. A decision on where the others end up will come this summer – what does an orbiter do to keep busy in retirement? – play “shuttle-board” of course…