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Shuttle Support Vehicles What Are They  
User currently offlineAirfoilsguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2655 times:

I was watching the shuttle landing this morning and got to wondering. What are all those support vehicles functions. There were sure some odd looking things surrounding the shuttle after it landed. One had a huge propeller on it an was parked in front of the shuttle. I am guessing it was there to cool the shuttle after landing. The IR camera showed the shuttle as white when it was landing. Also some posted photos of these vehicles would be nice.

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User currently offlineJetBlueGuy2006 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1656 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2652 times:

I don't know what it is called, but one of the support vehicals is used for the astronauts to disembark from the shuttle and take off their entry suites. It is the one that is the huge white-pod looking thing.


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User currently offlineThorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2647 times:

The big propeller truck is to disperse any residual toxic gasses that might be lingering around the RCS thrusters and OMS engines.

The truck with the big hoses connecting to the aft end of the Atlantis provides cooling to the Shuttle.

I think another truck provides electricity to the Shuttle, but that might be the same vehicle as the cooling truck.

The Peoplemover was added to the convoy after the Shuttle started bringing home long-duration astronauts from Mir, so that they can be brought out on stretchers instead of climbing down the stairs (most never used the stretcher anyway.)

The rest are standard fire/rescue and security vehicles on standby.


User currently offlineCURLYHEADBOY From Italy, joined Feb 2005, 940 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2636 times:

Quoting Thorny (Reply 2):
I think another truck provides electricity to the Shuttle, but that might be the same vehicle as the cooling truck.

That's what I thought.... After today's landing the orbiter was on his own APU, you could see the exhaust coming out from somewhere near the vertical empennage (it displayed on the IR camera), then they radioed they were through the APU shutdown procedure, so they may very well rely upon a ground power unit at a certain point.



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User currently offlineThorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2621 times:

Quoting CURLYHEADBOY (Reply 3):
That's what I thought.... After today's landing the orbiter was on his own APU, you could see the exhaust coming out from somewhere near the vertical empennage (it displayed on the IR camera), then they radioed they were through the APU shutdown procedure, so they may very well rely upon a ground power unit at a certain point.

The APUs provide hydraulic power. Electricity is generated by the Fuel Cells.


User currently offlineJBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4489 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2594 times:

Quoting Thorny (Reply 4):
The APUs provide hydraulic power. Electricity is generated by the Fuel Cells.

True. Plus, the Orbiter APUs (and SRB HPU's for that matter) burn an exciting blend of monomethyl hydrazine and N2O4. That's not your grandmother's APU exhaust...



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User currently offlineCURLYHEADBOY From Italy, joined Feb 2005, 940 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2588 times:

Quoting Thorny (Reply 4):
The APUs provide hydraulic power. Electricity is generated by the Fuel Cells.



Quoting JBirdAV8r (Reply 5):
True. Plus, the Orbiter APUs (and SRB HPU's for that matter) burn an exciting blend of monomethyl hydrazine and N2O4. That's not your grandmother's APU exhaust...

Wow, didn't know this, thanks guys  Smile



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User currently offlineThorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2565 times:

Quoting JBirdAV8r (Reply 5):
True. Plus, the Orbiter APUs (and SRB HPU's for that matter) burn an exciting blend of monomethyl hydrazine and N2O4. That's not your grandmother's APU exhaust...

The Orbiter APUs use a hydrazine monopropellant, not a mixture with N2O4. I think that's true of the SRB's HPU too.


User currently offlineJBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4489 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2543 times:

Quoting Thorny (Reply 7):
The Orbiter APUs use a hydrazine monopropellant, not a mixture with N2O4. I think that's true of the SRB's HPU too.

HPU/APU have quite a bit of commonality.

Simple chemistry...N2O4 with MMH makes an efficient thruster (hypergols), but definitely don't need that in an APU...oops for writing that. I stand corrected.



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