[FPSPACE] Chinese manned space program

Dwayne Allen Day wayneday@gwis2.circ.gwu.edu
Sun, 10 Sep 2000 14:29:24 -0400 (EDT)


On Sun, 10 Sep 2000, Sven Grahn wrote:

> I think they are fold-out "spoliers" or drag brakes designed to bring the
> center of pressure back from the nose in order to stabilise the flight
> configuration (in this case: the spacecrfat pulled by the escape rocket).

Are they used during flight or only in the event of the firing of the
escape rocket?

And why are they needed at all?  The US does not use them, neither does
Ariane.



DDAY