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17,000,000 furlongs per fortnight is about one-third as fast as The Space Shuttle
In other words, it's 0.365110 times the speed of The Space Shuttle, and the speed of The Space Shuttle is 2.73890 times that amount.
(Orbiter vehicle velocity)
The space shuttle orbits at a speed of 46,561,000 furlongs per fortnight. During liftoff, the space shuttle accelerates to orbital speed in 8.5 minutes, consuming over 1.59 million kg (3.51 million lbs) of propellant in the process.
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