Space Shuttle Launch: Art Print by David K. Stone
The Space Shuttle has three main units: the orbiter, the external tank and two solid rocket boosters. Each booster rocket has a sea-level thrust of 11.6 million newtons (2.6 million pounds). The orbiter is the crew and payload carrying unit of the Shuttle system. It is 37 meters (122 feet) long, has a wingspan of 24 meters (78 feet) and weighs about 68,000 kilograms (150,000 pounds) without fuel, about the size and weight of a DC-9 commercial air transport. The orbiter can transport a payload of 29,500 kilograms (65,000 pounds) into orbit. It carries its cargo in a cavernous payload bay 18.3 meters (60 feet) long and 4.6 meters (15 feet) in diameter. The bay is flexible enough to provide accommodations for unmanned spacecraft in a variety of shapes and for fully equipped scientific labs. The orbiter's three main liquid fuel rocket engines each have a thrust of 2.1 million newtons (470,000 pounds). They are fed liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen from the external tank. This tank is the only part of the Shuttle system that is not reusable. In a typical Shuttle mission, the orbiter's main engines and the boosters ignite from the launch pad. At a predetermined point, the two solid rocket boosters separate from the orbiter and parachute to the sea where they are recovered for reuse. The orbiter continues into space. It jettisons its external tank just before orbiting. The external tank enters the atmosphere and breaks up over a remote ocean area.
Art Print Size: 10.5 Inches x 12.25 Inches. Each print is hand numbered and limited to just two hundred prints.
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