Reply to post: Space Shuttle = lifting body says NASA Re: Actually not much like the Shuttle at all

Teensy weensy space shuttle flies and lands

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Space Shuttle = lifting body says NASA Re: Actually not much like the Shuttle at all

It says here:

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/9-12/features/F_Aeronautics_of_Space_Shuttle.html

"The Space Shuttle is a Lifting Body"

"The space shuttle, with a shape like a bulky glider, is actually a lifting body"

- and let's face it, NASA ought to know.

As it happens, the Apollo Command Module also counted as a lifting body, albeit with a much worse lift to drag ratio. Those stubby little wings on the Space Shuttle is how come the thing was able to land on a runway rather than having to splash down in the ocean underneath parachutes.

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