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Space shuttle

A reusable launch and orbital spacecraft developed by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for manned spaceflight missions.

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Shuttle endeavour

Aerospace; Space shuttle

Space Shuttle Endeavour (Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-105) is one of the retired orbiters of the Space Shuttle programme of NASA, the space agency of the United States. Endeavour was the fifth and ...

Dragon ship

Aerospace; Space shuttle

The dragon ship is a partially reusable spacecraft developed by SpaceX, an American private space transportation company based in Hawthorne, California. Dragon was launched into space by the SpaceX ...

Solid rocket boosters

Aerospace; Space shuttle

Two rockets flanking the orbiter that burn solid fuel during first minutes of ascent and then drop off, parachuting into the ocean.

Solid rocket booster (SRB) propellant

Aerospace; Space shuttle

Composite propellant used in the space shuttle solid rocket boosters that consists mainly of ammonium perchlorate as the oxidizer, powdered aluminium as the metallic fuel, and PBAN, ...

Split rudder-speed brake

Aerospace; Space shuttle

Panel on the vertical stabiliser that splays apart to increase drag and slow the craft during landing. Moved together, this part acts like a rudder to control motion.

Reaction control system

Aerospace; Space shuttle

Set of engines on each side of back fuselage, used to control motion while manoeuvring out of orbit and returning into the atmosphere.

Heat-resistant tiles

Aerospace; Space shuttle

Tiles that line the orbiter's belly to protect it during the intense heat of returning to the earth's atmosphere.

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