The space shuttle main engines were in the orbiter portion of the vehicle, but fed fuel (LH2) and oxidizer (LOX) from the external tank. Suppose the external tank is ejected before the LH2 and LOX are completely consumed.
- What volume of LH2 and LOX remains in the orbiter's plumbing?
Assuming that these amounts could be burned in their entirety and the engines are still running,
How long could all three main engines continue to burn at maximum thrust?
How long could a single main engine burn at minimum thrust?
I know the answers are "not much", but I am looking for numerical values.
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