I am working on a realistic space flight simulator as a hobby, but I am finding it difficult to find technical information about modern reaction control systems (RCS) like those used on the space shuttle. Wikipedia only has much more general information, and any books I have found do not include specific data.

I am looking for information about reaction control thrusters in space planes, rockets or pods, but especially the Space Shuttles. I am concerned with the mass of the mechanical system, mass of the fuel, force output and electrical requirements. I am also interested in any general information, such as typical burn times, maximum burn times or thermal energy generated.


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The good old Space Shuttle News Reference Manual should get you started. There is also good information in the Crew Operations Manual (section 2.22).

I know just linking is frowned on, but your question is so general that I'd just have to copy the entire sections and paste them in, which seems absurd.

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    $\begingroup$ A link is just what I wanted! I had no idea this manual was was there. Thank you $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 14, 2015 at 8:59

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