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'[ot]: how do the shuttle thrusters work?'
2002\12\21@012907 by rad0

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watching too much sci fi

but any way,
how do the shuttle's thruster jets work?

and my real question is why don't they just use compressed air?

with compressed air, they could just draw down some of the crew consumables
and use some sort of mechanical compressor, to compress the hell out of it,
and then use this pressure to blast themselves into the wanted position?


In zero G --
what does their thruster fuel give them over compressed air??



thanks for any info

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2002\12\21@042349 by Wouter van Ooijen

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> In zero G --
> what does their thruster fuel give them over compressed air??

I think you should read up on some basic rocketry science / engineering:
it is all about the weight / energy ratio (or rather weight / impulse).

Wouter van Ooijen

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