Our History

In 1965, the US Air Force proposed the launching of a secret Space Station…

to be named the Manned Orbiting Lab (MOL). Of prime concern to Gary Graham and a team of other bioscientists was the effect on an astronaut’s cardiovascular system during the long exposure to the zero gravity environment of space.

The Bioastronautics team proposed subjecting the astronauts to intermittent positive and negative acceleration forces parallel to the long axis of the body as a way of taxing their cardiovascular system and maintaining their orthostatic tolerance. The team developed a prototype they named the Cardiovascular Conditioner.

The government eventually scrapped the MOL Project. But, twenty years later, with additional research and development, Gary patented a Horizontal Rebounding exercise device. The CMC (CardioMuscular Conditioner) Shuttle 2000 used the basic principles derived from the Boeing cardiovascular conditioner.

And Shuttle Systems was born…

 

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1965 – Manned Orbiting Lab

Gary Graham and the team of bioscientists at Boeing developed the Cardiovascular Conditioner as a potential exercise system for the Manned Orbiting Lab (MOL). Research studies on the prototype were very promising, but the government canceled the MOL project in favor of the NASA lunar mission.


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1985 – CMC Shuttle 2000

Gary resurrects the MOL project exercise system concept for use as an earth-bound exercise machine. Additional research and development results in a patented Horizontal Rebounding exercise machine named the CMC (CardioMuscular Conditioner) Shuttle 2000.

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1990 – Shuttle 2000-1

Initially, the CMC Shuttle 2000 would be used primarily as a physical therapy tool. Further R & D generated a more advanced model, the Shuttle 2000-1. Today, the 2000-1 remains a flagship machine with its numerous accessories and expanded versatility designed to meet the specific needs identified by practicing therapists and trainers. Five models of the Shuttle 2000-1 are currently in production.

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1993 – Shuttle MVP

Shortly after the appearance of the 2000-1 Series, trainers and athletes began using the machine for conditioning and athletic training. However, professional and world-class athletes were seeking a Shuttle with more resistance. Thus was born the Shuttle MVP. With three models and resistance loads up to 650 pounds, the MVP has become the preferred tool for developing explosive power in the elite athlete.


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1997 – Shuttle MiniPress

Bill Bollinger, a physical therapist, expressed the need for a small Shuttle that would be mobile and could be used in a patient’s bed, on a training table, on the playing field, or at home. The MiniClinic was introduced in 1997 and would later become the Shuttle MiniPress. Utilizing a variation of the Horizontal Rebounding Technology, the MiniPress weighs less than 15 lbs, provides resistance loads up to 100 pounds, and allows you to “bring the press to the patient.”


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2000 – Shuttle Balance

In response to a growing need for equipment focusing specifically on balance – and in conjunction with Robert Crouch of Precision Fitness in Adelaide and several physical therapists in Washington state – the Shuttle Balance was created. We also want to thank Mick Lynch, MD and his sister, Teresa Schuemann, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC, CSCS, for their pioneering work on balancing devices. The Balance has been demonstrated to be a very effective tool for fall prevention, balance training, rehabilitation and athletic development.

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2009 – Shuttle Recovery

With the shrinking square footage of the typical physical therapist/hospital treatment space and the challenging economic times the world is facing, we went back to the drawing board to develop a rehabilitation machine that provided a smaller footprint at a smaller price. The new Shuttle Recovery provides resistance as low as 12½ pounds all the way up to 200 pounds at full extension. You can treat kids to seniors, post-op patients to high school athletes. You can also change the elasticord load while the patient remains on the Recovery – you don’t have to get the patient off and on to progress their treatment.