This set was one which features a fiber optic system. The motors power the bay doors, the robot arm and the satellite. The arm can turn and bend and the satellite solar panels can open and close. The fibre optic system is used to light up the engines. The shuttle also has hand-operated landing gear and flaps.
The alternate model is a submarine. The technology used in this set was and is currently advanced for LEGO.
However, LEGO stopped marketing and stopped using Light-Fibre Technology and only uses gears and motors in their modern TECHNIC sets. Lego 9/10 (about 20 white blocks little discolored). The item "LEGO Technic 8480 Space Shuttle complete with box 100% complete all trays" is in sale since Thursday, May 7, 2020. This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Building Toys\LEGO Building Toys\LEGO Complete Sets & Packs". The seller is "best2have" and is located in Amsterdam.This item can be shipped worldwide.