Could the Space Shuttles other than Enterprise easily do drop tests from the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft?

Space Exploration Asked on September 28, 2021

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The Space Shuttle prototype Enterprise was only used for approach and landing tests, for which it was flown on a carrier 747, until it was released, and would then glide like a normal post-reentry Space Shuttle.

  • Would the regular Space Shuttles have been able to do these drop tests?
  • How much would have needed to be tinkered?

The launch/startup sequence must have been quite different for example.


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