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.
Snyder, Michael W. (Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Co. Houston, TX, United States)
Pitts, David E. (NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
August 16, 2013
January 1, 1992
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)
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