Cutaway Diagram

Shuttle Program at Astronautix

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Shuttle Program at Astronautix

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SRB Separation

The solid-rocket boosters (SRB’s) are separated during ascent when Space Shuttle is about 28 miles (45 km) above the earth. Landing in the ocean, the SRB’s are recovered, refurbished and reused. Propelled by it’s three own engines, Shuttle continues its climb with increasing velocity.

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Shuttle Program at Astronautix

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