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Shuttle Landing Speed Question

KJ_Lesnick

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Why does the shuttle have such a high landing speed (220 kts about)?

The plane has thick wings with blunt leading-edges, and being a double-delta, yields substantial vortex-lift effects, and and it has no fuel onboard...


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Michel Van

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... and has the aerodynamic of Brick

one reason is the shuttle is the heavy glider in world with 86084 kg
an nother reason for landing with 340 km/h is no engine and flaps on delta wing.
 
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