Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    "To ensure a valuable space asset is a viable warfighting entity"

    Bruce McCandless II: Important 1987 Letter Regarding Potential Uses of the Space Shuttles "During Conflict" Directly from His Personal Collection. Two pages, November 30, 1987, Commander Naval Space Command letterhead, from Rear Admiral R. C. Macke to Bruce at NASA. It reads, in full:

    "In order to get us moving on defining a role For STS during conflict, here are a few concepts for you and the 'gang' to chew on. I'm sure you have some to add, especially after your time at Global War Games. The other Navy and Marine astronauts can certainly add to this list also:

    "Visual Observations
    Ships
    Troop/tank concentrations
    Airfields
    On-board electro-optical system to aid observations
    SIR-C on-board processing for observations in restricted visability
    On-board defensive systems and attack warning
    Chaff
    DECM
    Counter-attack weapons
    Define range of altitudes and inclinations possible from Kennedy matrixed against payload weights Communications (encrypted and plain) available to communicate with:
    Ships
    Aircraft
    Theater HO's
    Ground forces

    "I'm sure that the brain trust present there in Houston will add significantly to the above and flesh out what is listed. The important thing to me into contingency plans, start developing or modifying equipment and whatever else is needed to ensure a valuable space asset is a viable warfighting entity. Thanks for your continued help to naval space."

    To this writer, it is somehow shocking (but not really surprising) that plans were being made for how the Space Shuttle vehicles were to be used in times of war. An important piece of naval space history for the discerning collector. Envelope of transmittal included. Flattened horizontal fold, light stain on first page, fine.




    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2020
    5th Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 390

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $300,000 (minimum $19), plus 20% of any amount between $300,000 and $3,000,000, plus 12.5% of any amount over $3,000,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item
    Coming soon:

    Jewelry & Timepieces
    Opens about 10/23/2020

    Nature & Science
    Opens about 10/20/2020

    Fine Art
    Opens about 10/21/2020

    Comics & Comic Art
    Opens about 10/28/2020

    Manuscripts
    Opens about 10/23/2020

    Decorative Art
    Opens about 10/28/2020

    Fine & Rare Wine
    Opens about 10/23/2020

    Entertainment
    Opens about 10/26/2020

    Silver
    Opens about 10/27/2020

    Fine Art
    Opens about 10/28/2020

    Fine Art
    Opens about 10/29/2020

    US Coins
    Opens about 10/30/2020

    Comics & Comic Art
    Opens about 10/30/2020

    Ethnographic Art
    Opens about 10/30/2020

    Space
    Opens about 11/02/2020

    Movie Posters
    Opens about 10/30/2020

    Photography
    Opens about 11/06/2020

    World & Ancient Coins
    Opens about 10/25/2020

    Currency
    Opens about 11/02/2020

    Fine Art
    Opens about 11/10/2020

    Fine Art
    Opens about 11/11/2020

    Comics & Comic Art
    Opens about 11/04/2020

    Fine Art
    Opens about 11/12/2020

    Decorative Art
    Opens about 11/13/2020

    Fine Art
    Opens about 11/13/2020

    Fine Art
    Opens about 11/13/2020

    Luxury Accessories
    Opens about 11/16/2020

    Arms & Armor
    Opens about 11/17/2020

    Entertainment
    Opens about 11/17/2020

    World & Ancient Coins
    Opens about 11/08/2020

    US Coins
    Opens about 11/07/2020

    Jewelry & Timepieces
    Opens about 11/13/2020

    Jewelry & Timepieces
    Opens about 11/09/2020

    Photography
    Opens about 11/26/2020

    Comics & Comic Art
    Opens about 11/12/2020

    Sports Collectibles
    Opens about 11/19/2020

    Decorative Art
    Opens about 11/20/2020

    Comics & Comic Art
    Opens about 11/23/2020

    Jewelry & Timepieces
    Opens about 11/25/2020

    US Coins
    Opens about 11/16/2020

    Rare Books
    Opens about 11/25/2020

    Fine Art
    Opens about 11/25/2020

    Currency
    Opens about 11/24/2020

    World & Ancient Coins
    Opens about 11/24/2020

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2021 April 11 Guitars and Musical Instruments Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    This was my first time dealing with an auction house, and I am 100% completely impressed with Heritage. There is not an aspect of this process that I have a critique for.
    Darryl S.,
    Stuart, FL
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search