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Skylab Reboost Module

Skylab Reboost Mod
Skylab Reboost Module
American logistics spacecraft. Cancelled 1980. Module developed for Shuttle to deliver to Skylab to boost it to a higher orbit for use during the Shuttle program.

Due to Shuttle development delays, Skylab re-entered and burned up over Australia before the first Shuttle mission, and NASA would have to wait another twenty years for a space station.

RCS total impulse: 6,115 kgf-sec.

Gross mass: 4,392 kg (9,682 lb).
Unfuelled mass: 1,648 kg (3,633 lb).
Height: 3.29 m (10.79 ft).
Span: 3.35 m (10.99 ft).

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  • Shuttle American winged orbital launch vehicle. The manned reusable space system which was designed to slash the cost of space transport and replace all expendable launch vehicles. It did neither, but did keep NASA in the manned space flight business for 30 years. Redesign of the shuttle with reliability in mind after the Challenger disaster reduced maximum payload to low earth orbit from 27,850 kg to 24,400 kg. More...

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  • NASA American agency overseeing development of rockets and spacecraft. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, USA, USA. More...

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