Airbreathing Engines for Space Shuttle 720805

The requirements imposed on the airbreathing engines by the shuttle mission and some results from engine design studies are discussed. In particular, some of the engine system weight study results are presented, potential problem areas and required engine modifications are identified, and testing requirements for a development and qualification program are discussed. The engines of interest for the shuttle are engines that are currently being developed for other applications. The potential problems, engine modifications, and testing requirements result primarily from the new environments associated with launch, space residence, and reentry.


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