To answer Jim's question.
The shuttle is on the launch pad.
The three main engines S S M E engines light up first, then the two Solid
rockets or SRB's light up next.
Around two minutes into the flight just after max q the roughest part of the
flight where they're going from subsonic to super sonic fast thean the speed
of sound, the SRB's separate. Just about orbit or just after orbit the S S M
E are shut off.
The External tang which holds all of the fuel, AKA E T that burns up in the
atmosphere. The E T is the only part that doesn't come back.
While in orbit. They have the RCS or reaction control jets. There's twelve
altogether. There's two on each side of the nose and four on each side back
either by the wings or by the tail. Not sure which.
But while in space it's the RCS and the OM's which are the two orbiting
maneuvering jets. There's one on each side of the three S S M E just under
the tail. They give six thousand pound of thrust each. The S S M E give
something like 175,000 pounds of thrust each.
I don't remember the power of the SRB's nor how much thrust are in the
smaller RCS jets.
But my point is this.
The om's slow her down and the rcs help steer the shuttle.
Hope that helps.
From: "Jim Kitchen" <j...@kitchensinc.net>
Sent: Monday, May 09, 2011 5:45 AM
To: "Thomas Ward" <Gamers@audyssey.org>
Subject: Re: [Audyssey] Space sims?
> Hi Thomas,
> Yes, on the launches they always report altitude, time and down range. So
> at some time they do not go directly vertical. I am not sure if the solid
> rocket boosters are ejected at the same time as the external fuel tank or
> before. Wonder if they recover any of that stuff out of the ocean or if
> it is all at the bottom of the ocean. Same for the different stages of
> the Saturn rockets which launched all of the Apollo missions. Not sure if
> it were Saturn rockets for the Gemini and Mercury missions though.
> When NASA puts 20 head of cattle into outer space, it will be the first
> herd shot around the world.
> (440) 286-6920
> Chardon Ohio USA
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