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Russia’s New Reusable Spacecraft

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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 11:02 AM

Russia’s New Reusable Spacecraft Good for up to 5 Flights


RIA Novosti said:

TOMSK, May 22 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s new reusable spacecraft that is being developed by the Energia Rocket and Space Corporation will be able to make up to five space flights, the rocket maker said on Wednesday.

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 01:47 PM

Why only 5? Love to see pics. Glad it can leave orbit, something the space shuttle never did. That would have been cool to put a lander in the cargo bay or even a fly over. But they never left orbit. Can anyone tell me why?


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Posted 23 May 2013 - 04:39 PM

View PostChooky88, on 23 May 2013 - 01:47 PM, said:

Why only 5? Love to see pics. Glad it can leave orbit, something the space shuttle never did. That would have been cool to put a lander in the cargo bay or even a fly over. But they never left orbit. Can anyone tell me why?

In simple terms because it wasn't designed to.

It was a huge vehicle compared to other spacecraft and would have required a huge amount of fuel to leave orbit.

It was only designed for orbital re-entry speeds (17,000 mph) not the sort of speeds that Apollo re-entered at (30,000 mph +). It's wings would have ripped of at those sorts of speeds.

The shuttle was designed as a space truck to take objects back and forward to low Earth orbit, not for deep space exploration.

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