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Introduction to the Space Transportation SystemA new space transportation concept which is consistent with the need for more cost effective space operations has been developed. The major element of the Space Transportation System (STS) is the Space Shuttle. The rest of the system consists of a propulsive stage which can be carried within the space shuttle to obtain higher energy orbits. The final form of this propulsion stage will be called the Space Tug. A third important element, which is not actually a part of the STS since it has no propulsive capacity, is the Space Laboratory. The major element of the Space Shuttle is an aircraft-like orbiter which contains the crew, the cargo, and the liquid rocket engines in the rear.
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Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Proceedings
Wilson, R. G.
(NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Date Acquired
August 7, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1973
Subject Category
Space Vehicles
Meeting Information
Meeting: EASCON ''73; Electronics and Aerospace Systems Convention
Location: Washington, DC
Start Date: September 17, 1973
End Date: September 19, 1973
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