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Shuttle ASRM

Shuttle ASRM 1 view
Credit: © Mark Wade
Shuttle ASRM 2 view
Credit: © Mark Wade
American winged orbital launch vehicle. Shuttle using Advanced Solid Rocket Motors (development cancelled 1993).

Flyaway Unit Cost $: 829.000 million in 1985 dollars.

Stage Data - Shuttle ASRM

  • Stage 0. 2 x Shuttle ASRM. Gross Mass: 625,000 kg (1,377,000 lb). Empty Mass: 75,000 kg (165,000 lb). Thrust (vac): 15,566.115 kN (3,499,402 lbf). Isp: 286 sec. Burn time: 133 sec. Isp(sl): 259 sec. Diameter: 3.81 m (12.49 ft). Span: 3.81 m (12.49 ft). Length: 38.41 m (126.01 ft). Propellants: Solid. No Engines: 1. Engine: Hercules. Other designations: Advanced Solid Rocket Motor. Status: Development 1990.
  • Stage 1. 1 x Shuttle Tank. Gross Mass: 750,975 kg (1,655,616 lb). Empty Mass: 29,930 kg (65,980 lb). Thrust (vac): 0.0000 N ( lbf). Isp: 455 sec. Burn time: 480 sec. Isp(sl): 363 sec. Diameter: 8.40 m (27.50 ft). Span: 8.70 m (28.50 ft). Length: 46.88 m (153.80 ft). Propellants: Lox/LH2. No Engines: 0. Engine: None. Other designations: External Tank. Status: Out of production.
  • Stage 2. 1 x Shuttle Orbiter. Gross Mass: 99,318 kg (218,958 lb). Empty Mass: 99,117 kg (218,515 lb). Thrust (vac): 6,834.303 kN (1,536,412 lbf). Isp: 455 sec. Burn time: 480 sec. Isp(sl): 363 sec. Diameter: 4.90 m (16.00 ft). Span: 23.79 m (78.05 ft). Length: 37.24 m (122.17 ft). Propellants: Lox/LH2. No Engines: 3. Engine: SSME. Other designations: Shuttle; STS (Space Transportation System). Status: In Production.

AKA: Advanced Solid Rocket Motors.
Status: Development ended 1993.
Gross mass: 2,100,293 kg (4,630,353 lb).
Height: 56.00 m (183.00 ft).
Diameter: 8.70 m (28.50 ft).
Thrust: 28,193.00 kN (6,338,038 lbf).

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Associated Countries
Associated Engines
  • Hercules Hercules solid rocket engine. 15,565.8 kN. In development. Isp=286s. Planned replacement for shuttle solid rocket boosters after Challenger disaster. A billion dollars spent in development, but contract terminated. NASA decided to stay with Thiokol RSRM. More...
  • None Indicates that the stage shown is a propellant tank. The engine on another stage is drawing propellants from this tank. Performance shown is for that of the engine on the other stage. First flight 1964. More...
  • SSME Rocketdyne lox/lh2 rocket engine. 2278 kN. In production. Isp=453s. Space Shuttle Main Engines; only high-pressure closed-cycle reusable cryogenic rocket engine ever flown. . Three mounted in the base of the American space shuttle. First flight 1981. More...

See also
  • Shuttle 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. More...
  • Winged In the beginning, nobody (except Jules Verne) thought anybody would be travelling to space and back in ballistic cannon balls. The only proper way for a space voyager to return to earth was at the controls of a real winged airplane. More...

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

Associated Stages
  • Shuttle Tank Lox/LH2 propellant rocket drop tank. Loaded/empty mass 750,975/29,930 kg. Vacuum specific impulse 455 seconds. Original version. More...
  • Shuttle ASRM Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 625,000/75,000 kg. Thrust 15,566.12 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 286 seconds. More...
  • Shuttle Orbiter Lox/LH2 propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 99,318/99,117 kg. Thrust 6,834.30 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 455 seconds. More...

Shuttle ASRM Chronology

1993 - . LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Shuttle ASRM.
  • Shuttle using Advanced Solid Rocket Motors (development cancelled 1993). - . Nation: USA.

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