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Fraser
2011-Mar-03, 03:30 PM
Ever wondered how the space shuttle orbiter gets attached to the big external tank and the solid rocket boosters? This video shows the process — called “Lift and Mate” — where the shuttle Endeavour was put into a special harness, lifted high above the stacked ET and SRBs inside the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy [...]

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slang
2011-Mar-04, 03:45 PM
I assume it's done with clear, unambiguous, fool-proof instructions (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Shuttle_mounting_point.JPG).

KaiYeves
2011-Mar-04, 08:36 PM
Carefully? ;)

Trakar
2011-Mar-04, 09:31 PM
Ever wondered how the space shuttle orbiter gets attached to the big external tank and the solid rocket boosters?...

The orbiter gets attached to the SRBs?

:)

Wasn't there an HLV design developed around the external tank, a ring of SMEs below it and six SRBs,...or was it a Buran paper project?

trinitree88
2011-Mar-07, 02:46 PM
Equally important...how it gets unattached....explosives-filled bolts. Once the booster runs dry of fuel, it's dead weight, so it's jettisoned, to be reused. If the bolts don't bust, the baby is not going to make orbit, nor will that be a pretty landing.:shifty: