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TFX - Space Shuttle Endeavour - 04


Team FREDNET found the Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) display at the Endeavor exhibit!  This is a personal favorite, something we worked on developing and testing in Huntsville, Alabama!  Along with the new reusable heat shield system, it is these engines which make the Space Transportation System (STS) a whole new thing in aerospace technology and application!  The original Saturn V rocket motors were about 1/3 larger in size, and 4x more powerful, each.  But, from a smaller engine, with better fuel, this engine has MASSIVE power and efficiency!  The heart of the system is the Liquid Oxygen/Hydrogen Pumps, which maintain combustion pressure, and drain that external fuel tank in MINUTES!!!   This is the engineering that makes it all go!

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