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The STS RTLS Abort Scenario is Absurd

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Seriously, look at this shit.

 

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Doing a backflip at Mach 5 with the external tank still attached, NBD.

 

Rumor has it that the scenario was possible in the sim with an intact shuttle, but in just about any case where you're doing an RTLS the shuttle most likely isn't intact (if it was you could just a transatlantic abort or something). There's also rumors that STS-1 was planned to be a test of the RTLS scenario, before John Young helpfully pointed out that was a retarded idea.

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At the altitude the pitcharound would have taken place at, air density would have been virtually nil (the maneuver was to have been done propulsively). So control authority would have been virtually nil, until you got down much lower (at which point you'd be back to positive alpha).

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