Separation Complete
30" x 40" oil (1992)
Orbital ATK

 

ATK Launch Systems's Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Motors are the most powerful propulsion systems flying today. During the first two minutes of each Space Shuttle launch, the twin 126-foot-long motors produce over 5,200,000 pounds of thrust, or 80 percent of the thrust needed for flight. At booster separation, the orbiter and its crew have reached an altitude of 24 nautical miles and are traveling in excess of 3,000 miles per hour. Their task complete, the spent boosters are retrieved from the ocean, returned to Utah, and refurbished for future missions.

 

 
Many of the Orbital ATK paintings are available as high quality prints through Orbital ATK, MS PUBS, PO Box 707, Brigham City, Utah 84302. While not normally available to the general public, the prints are available to military units, aerospace organizations and industry representatives. Reproduced with permission of Orbital ATK. Unauthorized use of this image is strictly forbidden.