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Shuttle Liquid Fly Back Booster Configuration OptionsThis paper surveys the basic configuration options available to a Liquid Fly Back Booster (LFBB), integrated with the Space Shuttle system. The background of the development of the LFBB concept is given. The influence of the main booster engine (BME) installations and the Fly Back Engine (FBE) installation on the aerodynamic configurations are also discussed. Limits on the LFBB configuration design space imposed by the existing Shuttle flight and ground elements are also described. The objective of the paper is to put the constrains and design space for an LFBB in perspective. The object of the work is to define LFBB configurations that significantly improve safety, operability, reliability and performance of the Shuttle system and dramatically lower operations costs.
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Acquisition Source
Marshall Space Flight Center
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Healy, T. J., Jr.
(Boeing North American, Inc. Downey, CA United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1998
Subject Category
Spacecraft Propulsion And Power
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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