Re: Space Shuttle Question (sorry if off-topic)

From: Oscar A. Rodriguez -- D. Temas Espaciales (
Date: Sun Mar 18 2001 - 13:59:56 PST

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    Jonathan T Wojack wrote:
    > > Not necessarily. Landing a shuttle on a TAL site is a very expensive
    > > matter. There are many  facilities in the U.S. which would serve as
    > > emergency landing sites:
    > <snip>
    > Are you sure?  As I recall, a suitable runway for a Shuttle landing must
    > be 3+ miles (~4.5+ km) long.  I thought only three sites met that single
    > specification.
    As I read, runways with less than 4.5 km are equipped with drag nets and
    other devices which help to decrease the orbiter speed once it is on the
    runway. Moron and Rota runways (current and past TAL sites,
    respectively) have this type of devices because they are less than 4.5
    km long.
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