Maneuvering a Space Shuttle Orbiter… in Orbit

Another quotation from the 2011 AIR & SPACE COLLECTOR’S EDITION: SPACE SHUTTLE 1981-2011 magazine. From page 84…

“Maneuvering in orbit was governed by the reaction control system, which consisted of 44 thrusters on the nose and tail. Pitch, roll, and yaw were controlled by firing certain thrusters. Charlie Precourt, former chief of the astronaut corps, compared maneuvering in orbit to sliding on ice: There is no resistance. So inputs, made with the rotational hand controller, were extremely small.”

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