Tribal industry built payload on space shuttle

Tuesday, October 3rd 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Stilwell-AP) -- An Oklahoma American Indian tribe will take a particular interest in this week's launch of the space shuttle Discovery.

Stilwell-based Cherokee Nation Industries built the Zenith-One Truss Structure, a key component of the international space station.

The Z-One Truss is a multipurpose unit and structural attachment to the space station.

Cherokee Nation Industries manufactured each of the nearly 100 cables that are installed onto the structure. The shuttle's mission duration is scheduled to be eleven days and will consist of the crew connecting electrical connections from the Z-One to the existing space station.