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1.70 miles per second is about one-third as fast as The Space Shuttle
In other words, it's 0.353310 times the speed of The Space Shuttle, and the speed of The Space Shuttle is 2.83040 times that amount.
(Orbiter vehicle velocity)
The space shuttle orbits at a speed of 4.81170 miles per second. 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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