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Sat Feb 2, 2019, 01:27 PM

How to Land the Space Shuttle... from Space

Before I watched this, I did not know how they did it. The scary part to me is, as the world's largest glider, they have only one shot at making the runway.


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Reply How to Land the Space Shuttle... from Space (Original post)
oflguy Feb 2019 OP
def_con5 Feb 2019 #1
oflguy Feb 2019 #9
WhiskeyMakesMeHappy Feb 2019 #2
spike61 Feb 2019 #4
Bob the Bilderberger Feb 2019 #5
WhiskeyMakesMeHappy Feb 2019 #8
batcat Feb 2019 #3
spike61 Feb 2019 #6
CornFed Feb 2019 #7
freedumb2003 Feb 2019 #10
fools_gold Feb 2019 #11

Response to oflguy (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2019, 01:35 PM

1. Glider hell

It's got a glide ratio like a pair of pliers.

More like a falling brick.

Still, great video.

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Response to def_con5 (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 2, 2019, 02:39 PM

9. Well, kinda glider

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Response to oflguy (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2019, 02:02 PM

2. Makes me really wonder about the abandoned Russian shuttle program.

Would they have made a safe landing??? After watching that video I really wonder.

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Response to WhiskeyMakesMeHappy (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 2, 2019, 02:12 PM

4. No. The Russians would have ended up in the drink.

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Response to WhiskeyMakesMeHappy (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 2, 2019, 02:26 PM

5. Most of it was our design anyway

stolen during the Clinton years.

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Response to Bob the Bilderberger (Reply #5)

Sat Feb 2, 2019, 02:38 PM

8. I seem to recall, they got a LOT of information from the big indepth article that

Popular Mechanics did on the shuttle. It had an incredible amount of detailed information.

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Response to oflguy (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2019, 02:09 PM

3. Well worth watching. Thanks. (n/t)

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Response to oflguy (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2019, 02:30 PM

6. I knew it was a glider, but not all that was involved. Very cool. Thanks for posting

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Response to oflguy (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2019, 02:32 PM

7. Cool!

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Response to oflguy (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2019, 02:44 PM

10. Thanks for that -- I was almost in tears when they landed OK even though I knew it was recorded

 

Movies are sooo wrong about what a superhero is.

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Response to oflguy (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2019, 03:02 PM

11. That was really neat

I know a little bit about orbital dynamics from my prior work, but didn't know about the roll to control altitude on descent. Slick!

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