Flexo From St. Helena, joined Mar 2007, 406 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 3 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 22222 times:
Reading an interview with a former Space Shuttle pilot who said that basically the Space Shuttle is "falling rather than flying" I was wondering what is its landing and stall speed? The landings don't seem too spectacular but then again they are performed on a 15,000ft runway.
HaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2159 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 22211 times:
Don't know about stall speed but I believe the touchdown speed is 200 knots or just over. Not too long ago I saw a video taken from the cockpit when it landed, it was interesting watching the altitude and knots as it approached, not too far from where I live in Daytona Beach.
As far as the approach angle and speed, the astronauts train by taking up the NASA GII to altitude, engage the thrust reversers and that apparently gets them a pretty good idea of what to expect.
I'm sure Thorny can expand or clarify on what I've said .
I'm guessing that for those of us not flying it for real, the number is wholly irrelevant unless we are trying our best to simulate it. I usually get it down @220 in FSX, but I have planted short a few times too. I really would like to get a copy of X-plane to do this better.
Nomadd22 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 2026 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 3 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 22001 times:
If I get the shuttle's delta wing right it's kind of like an aircraft with a front canard. Like the Beech Starship or a Vari-eze. If you go too slow, the front of the wing loses lift before the rear part and the nose pitches down, gaining you speed. So, you the wing doesn't stall all at once like a conventional wing. The Shuttle is also somewhat of a lifting body, which makes the effect even more pronounced.