HOW SPACE SHUTTLES WORK presented by, A.

MOHAN RAJ,
DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL. K.S.R.COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING.

.INTRODUCTION:  In its 26-year history. when the Discovery and Atlantis both carried out. the space shuttle program has seen exhilarating highs and devastating lows The 2005 shuttle Discovery was broken free from its external fuel tank. It was successful in July 2006.

LAUNCHING THE SPACE SHUTTLE The shuttle uses the following components: * Two solid rocket boosters (SRB) * Three main engines of the orbiter * The external fuel tank (ET) * Orbital maneuvering system (OMS) on the orbiter .

jointed structure. synthetic rubber.1.Main EnginesEnginesThe engines are mounted on round bearings that control the direction. protects them from heat .External Fuel TankTankThe ET is 48 m long and has a diameter of 8. The insulation keeps fuels cold.455kg. recovery systems. which controls the forward direction of the rocket 3. flight instruments.4 m.000 kg of propellant ii. explosive charges.The ET is covered with polyisocyanurate foam insulation.Each SRB has solid propellant. the ET weighs 35. thrust control systems and self-destruct mechanism self- 2.to lift the space shuttle off the launch pad ii.It holds about 719. When empty.Solid Rocket Boosters ± i.

OMS engines fire again to place you in a higher circular orbit . ii. T plus 45 min . T minus 31 s . The shuttle rests on the SRBs as pre-launch and final launch prepreparations are going on through T minus 31 seconds: 1. and slow the shuttle down for re-entry re- .It burn monomethyl hydrazine fuel (CH3NHNH2) and nitrogen peroxide oxidizer (N2O4) iii.SPACE SHUTTLE LIFTS OFF: i. 12.the on-board computers take over the launch onsequence.These engines place the shuttle into final orbit. change the shuttle's position from one orbit to another.

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