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Solid rocket motors for the Space Shuttle booster.The evolution of the space shuttle booster system is reviewed from its initial concepts based on liquid-propellant reusable boosters to the final selection of recoverable, solid-fuel rocket motors. The rationale associated with each of the several major decisions in the evolution process is discussed. It is shown that the external tank orbiter configuration emerging from the latest studies takes maximum advantage of the solid rocket motor development experience and promises to be the optimum configuration for fulfilling the paramount shuttle program requirements of minimum total development risk within acceptable costs.
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Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Odom, J. B.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, Ala., United States)
Date Acquired
August 7, 2013
Publication Date
October 1, 1972
Subject Category
Propulsion Systems
Report/Patent Number
SAE PAPER 720804
Meeting Information
Meeting: National Aerospace Engineering and Manufacturing Meeting
Location: San Diego, CA
Start Date: October 2, 1972
End Date: October 5, 1972
Sponsors: Society of Automotive Engineers
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