Main Engines Historical

Main Engines Historical (HM1UJY)

Location: Huntsville, AL 35805 Madison County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 42.647', W 86° 39.156'

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Power for Lift-off and Ascent to Orbit

The Pathfinder's three main engines are real. The two lower engines powered the first flight of Columbia in 1981. The engine located at the top was used in ground test firings.

At launch, the three Space Shuttle Main Engines (fed liquid hydrogen and oxygen from the External Tank) are ignited several seconds before liftoff.

They operate for approximately 8.5 minutes of flight, drawing about 47,000 gallons of liquid hydrogen and 17,000 gallons of liquid oxygen each minute. Shortly before the shuttle achieves orbit the Main Engines shut down and maneuvering rockets fire to position the Shuttle into its final orbit. Reusable each engine is designed for 7.5 hours of operation or to endure up to 55 starts.

Data Each engine
Length: 14 ft
Diameter: 7.5 ft
Weight: approximately 7000 lbs.
Thrust: 393,800 lbs.
Mix ratio: 6 parts oxygen to 1part hydrogen
Prime Contractor: Rockwell International Rocketdyne Division
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 531812 N 3841025
Decimal Degrees34.71078333, -86.65260000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 42.647', W 86° 39.156'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 42' 38.82" N, 86° 39' 9.36" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)256
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville AL 35805, US
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