what is hte angle of attack for the space shuttle when its entering the earths atmosphere coming back to earth
The shuttle has to have a specific attack angle hitting the atmosphere to prevent it burning up
- Anonymous1 decade agoBest Answer
The angle of attack (α) alpha (thrust angle relative to inertial velocity vector), depends on the weight load of the mission returning back to earth, the angle in which the Shuttle enters the Earth's atmosphere, the friction by the wind and by the g-forces upon the main fuselage if the shuttle.
The Shuttle comes back at around 40 Degrees to the 'hypothetical' horizon (Earth is curved). As the shuttle falls at around 8-9 km/sec the g-forces are about 6Gs when the shuttle attempts a re-entry with its cargo hold empty.
The angle of attack is hard to tell due to the increasing friction and decreasing speed of the shuttle which require extremely advance mathematical equations and a number of supercomputers to calculate the different factors.
But usually its in the area of 36 to 22 Degrees
- 1 decade ago
The nose tilts up at a 40 degree angleSource(s): national geographic channel
- OklahomanLv 61 decade ago
I believe it is a 30 to 35 degree angle.
Although I heard that it could be as great as 45 degrees, but that is based off of a fictional movie.
- MasLv 71 decade ago
According to my daughter who was at Scottish Space Camp in June for a week where she met cosmonauts and scientists its 40 degrees.
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- Rudebox77Lv 41 decade ago
32 degreesSource(s): Star Trek
- Anonymous1 decade ago
- BeCLv 41 decade ago
I thought it was 30 degrees but im not too sure.
- 1 decade ago
Nose up 28 degrees I think....Source(s): The film 'Space Camp'
- le_coupeLv 41 decade ago
I'm guessing straight down. This would give the fastest possible entry, minimising re-entry time.