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?
- SciencenutLv 78 years agoBest Answer
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.
- Anonymous8 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.
- chanljkkLv 78 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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- ZardozLv 78 years ago
It does not. It merely holds supplementary fuel for the shuttles main engines.
- Tom SLv 78 years ago
It does not, it provides fuel, hence the name external FUEL TANK.
- DavidLv 78 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.