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It uses 610 tons of liquid oxygen and 100 tons of liquid hydrogen, which at market prices cost in total about US$ 200,000. The solid fuel boosters use a fuel for which there is no market price, but in total all the liquid and solid fuels used do no exceed one or two million dollars. NASA, however, spends over 700 million USD on each launch due to bureaucracy and "pork".
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What amount of fuel does it take to launch a space shuttle?

Answer . The Space Shuttle's large External Tank is loaded with more than 500,000 gallons of super-cold liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen, which are mixed and burned together to form the fuel for the orbiter's three main rocket engines. . yay i answered my question

What fuel does the space shuttle use?

The space shuttle uses liquid hydrogen as the main engine fuel, along with liquid oxygen as an oxidizer. The shuttle uses two solid-fuel boosters (SRBs) that contain a mixture that is mostly aluminum powder, iron oxide, and ammonium perchlorate (the oxidizer , which is about 70% of the chemical mix ( Full Answer )

What is the cost of a space shuttle?

The Space Shuttle Endeavour, the orbiter built to replace the Space Shuttle Challenger, cost approximately $1.7 billion.

What is the average rate of fuel consumption for the space shuttle?

The solid rocket boosters each consume propellent at a rate of about 11,000 pounds per second. The 3 main engines on the orbiter combined consume about 1000 gallons on liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen per second, draining the 520,000 gallon external fuel tank in the 8 1/2 minutes of powered flight

How much do space shuttles cost?

The amount of money it costs is 1.7 billion dollars for a space shuttle (only one). . According to NASA's Human Space Flight web site FAQ's, cost at $1.7 billion. . It also depends on the model that it is. .

How much does the space shuttle weigh?

The Space Shuttle weighs 165,000 pounds empty and with the Shuttle, external tank, solid rocket boosters and all the fuel combined the total weight is 4.4 million pounds. The Shuttle can also carry a 65,000 pound payload.

How much does each space shuttle launch cost?

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Shuttle_program#Budget: The total cost of the shuttle program is estimated to be $185,000 billion (in 2009 dollars) when the shuttle retires in 1010. Per-launch costs can be measured by dividing the total cost over the life of the program (including buildin ( Full Answer )

Why don't they paint the large fuel tank on the space shuttle?

The external tank was painted white for the first two space shuttle launches (STS-1 and STS-2). The paint was abandoned for two reasons. 1) After both launches, large pieces of paint had been observed flaking off due to booster ignition vibration (ignition shock). To prevent possible damage to th ( Full Answer )

How much fuel does a space shuttle use?

The external fuel tank caries 146,182 US gallons of liquid oxygen and 395,582 US gallons of liquid hydrogen to fuel the orbiter's main engines. Each of the 2 Solid Rocket Boosters each contains 1,100,000 pounds of propellent consisting of ammonium percholate, iron oxide, and aluminum. Electrical p ( Full Answer )

Is the the space shuttle fuel a solid or a liquid?

Both. There are actually 3 types of fuels used by the Orbiter and launch vehicle combination. The solid Rocket boosters that are attached to either side of the main fuel tank employ solid fuel. The Shuttle's main engines use a mixture of Liquid Hydrogen and Liquid Oxygen. On Orbit The OMS rockets us ( Full Answer )

Do space shuttles use fuel?

Space shuttles use fuel when taking off and for control while in orbit, deorbiting, and landing. The main takeoff engines use liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen, and there are two solid-fuel rocket boosters. In orbit, the shuttle uses thrusters that burn hydrazine and nitrogen tetroxide.

How much do space shuttle astronauts get paid?

not sure there are two different scales that i know of GS-12 can earn up to $65,000+ a year. Gs-13 $96,700+ a year depending on experience and commitment to the job and how long you have been doing it you can be earning up to $114, 000+ year. Starter astronaughts earn $175.00 a day. Not to s ( Full Answer )

Why does space shuttle use solid and liquid fuel rockets?

The Solid Rocket Boosters - SRBs - provide high, steady thrust to launch the Shuttle from the Earth. But if all they had were the solid rockets, they would always end up in exactly the same orbit. The liquid fuel main engines - and the massive External Tank - provide the ability of the Shuttle to ( Full Answer )

How much memory is there on the space shuttle computer?

The five general purpose computers (GPCs) on the space shuttle only have about 1 megabyte of memory. Although 1 megabyte might not seem like much by today's standards, the computers run very efficiently. Because the space shuttle's computers do not require a complex graphic interface or any of the m ( Full Answer )

What is the fuel used in space shuttles?

Liquid Oxygen and liquid hydrogen in the fuel tank. The orbiter uses Monomethylhydrazine (MMH) and Nitrogen tetroxide or peroxide(N2o4). For takeoff the shuttle uses a hydrogen/ oxygen mixture. In orbit it uses a solid mixture of powdered aluminum and ammonium perchlorate All current spacecraft ( Full Answer )

Is californium used in the space shuttle fuel?

No, californium is not used in space shuttle fuel. . A radioactive transuranic element , californium is used in starting nuclear reactors, optimizing coal-fired power plants and cement production facilities (via online analyzers), medical treatment of cancer, and oil exploration via down hole we ( Full Answer )

What is an external fuel tank on a space shuttle?

The External Tank (ET) on the US Space Shuttle is what holds the fuel for the space shuttles main engines. The tank is the large rust colored structure under the belly of the Space Shuttle and between the two Solid-Rocket-Boosters. While the ET is the largest part of what lifts-off with the shuttle, ( Full Answer )

How much does a space shuttles height?

The Space Shuttles still in use by NASA are the Discovery, the Endeavor, and the Atlantis. Each of them is 184 feet long. Each of these space shuttles' orbiters is 122 feet long.

How much does 1 Space Shuttle external tank cost?

According to a report on the SpaceRef web site linked below as 'Lockheed Martin Awarded External Tank Contract', NASA has a contract with Lockheed Martin, New Orleans, that totals $2.94 billion to build 17 external tanks through Sept. 2010. That comes out to be an average price of around $170 millio ( Full Answer )

What is theAverage cost of launching a space shuttle?

The average cost of a space shuttle launch is approx $450 million. That is if we limit our costs to the resources used up by each launch and we ignore the investment costs. If we want to include investment costs then, with the entire space shuttle programme, costing somewhere in the region of $150 b ( Full Answer )

Do the space shuttle have enough fuel to fly to Pluto?

Theoretically yes - although it won't have enough to return. Once out of the gravitational pull of the Earths gravity and a couple of gravitational assists from other planets, a shuttle could make it to Pluto and beyond.

How much does a used space shuttle cost?

NASA is not selling them. The Discovery is going to the Smithsonian. The Atlantis, Endeavour and Enterprise orbiters will be donated to other museums; about 20 museums have submitted proposals. Each museum must cover the cost of preparing and transporting the orbiter, about $28.8 million.

What is the fuel used in space shuttles while landing?

The space shuttle only use the liquid fuel that is onboard to start the decent process. They burn their engines to slow down just enough for the earths gravity to begin pulling them back to earth. After that, they are simply big gliders.

What does space shuttles use the most for fuel?

APCP (Ammonium Perchlorate Composite Propellant) is the primary fuel component of the Shuttle's Solid Rocket Boosters. Though the primary fuel element is Aluminum, it's a mixture of the following elements: Ammonium Perchlorate (oxidizer, 69.6% by weight), Aluminum (fuel, 16%), Iron Oxide (a cataly ( Full Answer )

Why are fuel cells used on the space shuttle instead of batteries?

Two reasons: . Weight. Batteries are heavier per energy unit than fuel cells. . Capacity. Fuel cells can store much more energy than batteries. As a bonus, the weight for the fuel cell fuel reduces the weight of another required consumable: water. The "exhaust" of fuel cells is pure water w ( Full Answer )

How much did the discovery space shuttle cost to build?

Probably, people cant tell because it took a lot of steps and a lot of things that people can not tell. It is beyond the human bounds to tell. Even if the person who invented, i think can not tell.

Did the Saturn V use the same fuel as the space shuttle?

No. The Saturn V used a first-stage booster of RP-1 (kerosene) and liquid oxygen. The second stage used liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen, as the shuttle engines do. The shuttle uses liquid hydrogen and oxygen for the main engines, and also two solid-fuel boosters (SRBs) when launched.

What kind of a fuel did the Space Shuttle use?

At launch the solid rocket booster uses a solid propellant with a mixture of powdered aluminum and ammonium perchlorate. The Space Shuttle itself uses Liquid Hydrogen (Hydrazine) & liquid oxygen.