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The Nike Hercules made use of a slender delta wing for its Mach 3+ second stage. Without the Space Shuttle's military requirement for extended lateral glide range, needing only to land along the path of its orbit, could a wing of this type help recover the second stage? Prior to the Air Force's high-crossrange requirement, most of the shuttle concepts ...


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It's nuts to the shuttle, 16 to 9 Launchpad to stack connections 4 bolts with frangible nuts held each Solid Rocket Booster (SRB) to the pad. Each solid rocket booster has four hold-down posts that fit into corresponding support posts on the mobile launcher platform. Hold-down bolts hold the SRB and launcher platform posts together. Each bolt has a nut at ...


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Yes, there are a number of different technologies that I'm aware of that are being developed specifically to enable and assist satellites in operating sustainably in lower altitude orbits. The DISCOVERER project (European Horizon 2020) has the aim of developing some of these foundational technologies and Skeyeon, an emerging US company, also has some patents ...


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For Apollo: more nuts than bolts, but vastly more non-threaded connectors Table I of Apollo Experience Report: Spacecraft Pyrotechnic Systems, NASA Tech Note D-7141, lists all of the pyrotechnics above the Saturn booster (e.g. the CSM, LM, escape tower, etc.). Of the more than 210 pyrotechnic devices, 8 were nuts and 4 were bolts: 4 frangible nuts held the ...


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