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NASA - Space Shuttle Roll Manuever

Activity Overview

In this lesson, students will look at the RCS (Reaction Control System) and how firing jets affect the roll of the space shuttle.


Students will analyze space shuttle schematics and data to:

  • demonstrate graph and schematic interpretation skills;
  • apply integration techniques to evaluate impulse and angular momentum; and
  • evaluate the rotational kinematics, torque and energy associated with a roll maneuver.