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SPACE SHUTTLE ORBITAL DOCKING SYSTEM
 
Physics

Key Topic: Springs

The space shuttle docks and undocks with the International Space Station with the help of the space shuttle’s orbital docking system. This system uses both torsional and compression springs to damp out the energy as these two vehicles essentially collide in space.

Students will:
  • analyze the components of the space shuttle and International Space Station docking system;
  • evaluate torque and energy; and
  • determine work and separation velocity.


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