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Shuttle II
Part of Shuttle Family
American orbital launch vehicle. In May 1988 NASA Langley studied a new-technology approach to improving the shuttle's payload capability. The design would allow 9,000 to 18,000 kg of additional payload to be carried in an external payload container or in the orbiter.

Status: Study 1988. Payload: 40,000 kg (88,000 lb). Apogee: 400 km (240 mi).

Composite material technology would be used in a substantial rebuild of the shuttle orbiters. New, lighter RSI tiles would be used, and a new SSME jointly designed by Pratt and Whitney and Aerojet would replace the Rocketdyne motor. The new SSME would deliver 304,000 kg while weighing only 3770 kg versus 4688 kg for the Rocketdyne engine. Electric actuators would replace hydraulic actuators inside the shuttle, In all, the new orbiter would be 16% lighter at SECO.

LEO Payload: 40,000 kg (88,000 lb) to a 400 km orbit at 28.00 degrees.



Family: orbital launch vehicle, Winged. Country: USA. Agency: NASA Langley.

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