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Analysis of video imagery of the reentry and breakup of the STS-31 external tankSome of the major questions concerning the reentry and breakup of the STS-31 external tank (ET), which had a deactivated tumble valve, are addressed. The time of breakup, the altitude, and the geographic location of the ET at breakup were determined. The tumble rate was estimated to be between 8.59 deg and 8.84 deg/s. The ET broke up into at least 50 pieces 7 s after initial rupture.
Document ID
19930063598
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Snyder, Michael W. (Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Co. Houston, TX, United States)
Pitts, David E. (NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1992
Publication Information
Publication: In: IGARSS '92; Proceedings of the 12th Annual International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, Houston, TX, May 26-29, 1992. Vol. 1 (A93-47551 20-43)
Subject Category
ASTRODYNAMICS
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
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