15 Interesting Facts About Spacecraft Technologies

The Chandra X-ray Observatory was launched by Columbia on 23 July 1999. With a mass of 22,753 kg (50,161lb), this was the heaviest satellite that has ever been launched by the space shuttle. 15 Interesting Facts about Space Shuttles.

15 Interesting Facts About Spacecraft Technologies

By Mr Ghaz, February 19, 2011

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15 Interesting Facts About Spacecraft Technologies

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The Space Shuttles – or, more accurately, the Shuttle Transportation System (STS)- made its first test flights in 1981, and orbital missions began the following year. It is the world’s first-and to date only-spacecraft to make multiple orbital flights and landings.

Now, nearly 30 years later, NASA has announced the retirement of the space shuttle programme. With its end in sight, we take a look at the shuttle’s record-breaking history and its major achievements.

First Spacecraft with a Glass Cockpit

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Glass cockpits are characterized by electronic instrument displays, replacing older consoles that relied on mechanical gauges to display flight information. All three of NASA’s operational shuttles have glass cockpits, the first to receive one being Atlantis, which flew with the new interface in 2000 during STS-101.

Most Reused Spacecraft

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NASA’s space shuttle Discovery was last launched on 5 April 2010, beginning its 38th space flight, STS-131. Discovery, the third orbiter in the shuttle fleet, first flew in August 1984.

Largest Solid Rocket Booster

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The two boosters that assist the launch of the US space shuttle use solid rather than liquid fuel. They are the largest solid rocket boosters (SRBs) ever flown. Each booster is 45.4m (149ft) long and 3.6m (12ft) wide. Each contains more than 450,000kg (1,000,000lb) of propellant and provides a thrust of 1.49 million kg (3.3million lb), or around 83% of lift-off power. Unlike the shuttle’s external fuel tank, the SRBs are reusable.

Lonest Shuttle Flight

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11 Responses to “15 Interesting Facts About Spacecraft Technologies”
  1. Guy Hogan Says...

    On February 9, 2011 at 8:21 am

    These are some interesting facts. And the photos are amazing.

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  3. CHIPMUNK Says...

    On February 9, 2011 at 8:43 am

    interesting post great pics and info

  4. albert1jemi Says...

    On February 9, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Thanks for sharing

  5. WindBlowerTM Says...

    On February 9, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Nice article, and indeed some fascinating facts, which are presented here. Thank you.

  6. CHAN LEE PENG Says...

    On February 9, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Interesting to know. great facts. keep it up!

  7. papaleng Says...

    On February 9, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    love the pics friend. so cool.

  8. Anuradha Ramkumar Says...

    On February 10, 2011 at 1:50 am

    An interesting post.

  9. Facebookguru Says...

    On February 18, 2011 at 2:03 am

    Nice post with even nicer pictures but I found that facts could be more detailed.You can write about this technology marvel.Space shuttle are known as the most complicated machine human ever made at least till today.

  10. mtrguanlao Says...

    On April 12, 2011 at 2:17 am

    Whooaaa..interesting and amazing article ghaz! Learned many things here.

  11. SAMIKSHA Says...

    On August 20, 2011 at 10:16 am

    ohh wow!!! i liked the pics and mostly the information. great work mr. Ghaz. you really deserve a pat on your back!!!!

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