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Subject: Reentry: Wing or shield/parachute
violentnuke    8/26/2005 7:59:35 PM
What is more efficient for reentry, wing or parachute. What weighs less, what are the benefits of wing maneuverability upon reentry, what is safer? I am clueless as to why the shuttle has wings for exactly. I mean, I know what they do, but why did they choose this apparently fancy set up? I know there has been designs of reentry shields which were skewed to create more efficient lift upon reentry and apparent mass saving as a result of the slow down efficiency and heat dispersion. Am I right?
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