Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsAstronomy & Space · 8 years ago

The external fuel tank of space shuttle..?

The external fuel tank of space shuttle doesn't have any engines of its own,, then how does it provide propulsion?

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  • 8 years ago
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    The gas tank on your car doesn't have any engines of its own. All it has is a pipe that supplies fuel from the tank to the engine in your car. So it is with the Space Shuttle.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Attached to the Space Shuttle is the large external Fuel Tank. It provides fuel to the main rocket engines on the Space Shuttle. It does not have engines of its own.

    Attached to each side of the External Fuel tank are the Solid Rocket Boosters.

  • 8 years ago

    It does not. It is exactly what you said it to be, a fuel tank. During liftoff the space shuttle's engines are consuming the most amount of fuel. Therefore, additional fuel is needed for this period.

  • 8 years ago

    SSME, main engines of the orbiter provide thrust.

    Also solid rocket booster provide propulsion to the whole shuttle too.

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  • Zardoz
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    It does not. It merely holds supplementary fuel for the shuttles main engines.

  • Tom S
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    It does not, it provides fuel, hence the name external FUEL TANK.

  • David
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    it is the primary source of liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen for the shuttle. it,s basically a fancy propane tank like those on a propane fires barbecue grill. it,s discarded a few minutes after launch.

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