On July 8th, 2011, the very last space shuttle launch occurred when Atlantis lifted off from Kennedy Space Center, ending 30 years of the most advanced flying machine ever built.
Also on that day, I began construction of my 36-inch Space Shuttle Enterprise radio controlled glider. It is powered by one 850mah battery powering two micro servos running the elevons. There is no propulsion.
As you can see, it is a profile model, not full-fuselage. This is to save weight and drag since it is an unpowered glider.
Eventually, I intend to build a matching 747 carrier aircraft to perform aerial drops. For the first flights however, it will be towed to altitude by another craft.
Sadly, the era of the Space Shuttle belongs to remote control pilots now. It is up to us to keep flying examples of this remarkable machine in the air.