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What is the difference between a space shuttle and a rocket?

Answer The Space Shuttle is a rocket. By definition, a Rocket is a vehicle that burns gas that it carries with it. Where as, a jet airplane burns the oxygen from the air and is not a rocket. The Rocket when it is launched has a liquid fuel rocket engines at the back end of it. It also has two long, solid fuel rocket engines that separate after launch. But the space shuttle is pulled by a rocket.


What controls the thrust of a rocket?

Liquid rocket engines would act much like a car engine. More fuel, more thrust. Solid rocket engines are either on or off. No throttle control.


Why rocket fly in space instead of air?

I think I know what you're getting at... Rockets burn loads of fuel really quickly so we use jet engines in the atmosphere... The thing is that jet engines need oxygen to mix with fuel to burn it. Rocket engines contain their own oxygen which means that they are the most practical way for us to get into space.


How did the Apollo 11 overcome gravity?

By the use of rocket engines.


Can you use pertol in a rocket?

Jet engines capture ambient oxygen to use as an oxidizer for their fuel. In a sense, an afterburner is somewhat like a rocket, but it still uses ambient oxygen for the oxidizer. Rockets are different. Since they are designed to travel out of the atmosphere, they must carry both their oxidizer and their fuel. Many hydrocarbons will work as a rocket fuel including petrol (gasoline), diesel, and even tar. But they must all also have oxygen as a second fuel for the oxidizer. Solid Rockets have both the oxidizer and fuel built into the same matrix, somewhat like gunpowder. The "Oxidizer" doesn't have to be oxygen, or even contain oxygen. Nitric Acid has been utilized as an oxidizer in some rocket engines.

Related questions

What are two main types of rocket engines?

The two main types of rocket engines are Solid fuel rocket engines and Liquid fuel rocket engines.


Which is a liquid fuel used in rocket engines?

AMMONIA


What are the disadvantages of liquid fuel rocket engines?

it bad


Why are RS-24 liquid-fuel rocket engines used in space shuttles?

The space shuttle main engines (SSME) RS 24 engines use rocketdyne liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen fuel in the engine that is designed in such a way that the engines are reusable.


What are the advanatges of soild fuel rocket engines?

Less complexity and cost compared to liquid fuel and it's complex, expensive engines


How many cars could you run on rocket fuel?

Cars have Internal Combustion Engines. You cannot use rocket fuel in this type engine.At this point there is only one car that can run on rocket fuel. NASA has an experimental BMW sedan that can run on liquid hydrogen, better known as the rocket fuel used in the space shuttles...


How many types of rockets are there?

There are two main types of rocket engines: Solid fuel and liquid fuel. Liquid fuel rocket engines are usually considered significantly better than solid propulsion units, however, they are also significantly more expensive.


What is the difference between a space shuttle and a rocket?

Answer The Space Shuttle is a rocket. By definition, a Rocket is a vehicle that burns gas that it carries with it. Where as, a jet airplane burns the oxygen from the air and is not a rocket. The Rocket when it is launched has a liquid fuel rocket engines at the back end of it. It also has two long, solid fuel rocket engines that separate after launch. But the space shuttle is pulled by a rocket.


What is the difference between a multistage rocket and a single-stage rocket?

A single stage rocket consists of only a single set of rocket engines and fuel containers. This assembly is used for the entire journey. A multistage rocket consists of several sets of engines and fuel containers that are used in succession. When the fuel of one stage is spent it detaches from the rocket to get rid of the weight and the next set of engines is ignited. Multistage rockets are far more efficient at getting things into space.


What controls the thrust of a rocket?

Liquid rocket engines would act much like a car engine. More fuel, more thrust. Solid rocket engines are either on or off. No throttle control.


How do the rocket engines on the Space Shuttle ignite?

As regards the main engines on the rocket, there is an ignitor associated with each rocket motor. An internal "blowtorch" of fuel and oxidizer in each engine is ignited with spark plugs.


Why rocket fly in space instead of air?

I think I know what you're getting at... Rockets burn loads of fuel really quickly so we use jet engines in the atmosphere... The thing is that jet engines need oxygen to mix with fuel to burn it. Rocket engines contain their own oxygen which means that they are the most practical way for us to get into space.