Sunday, July 04, 2010

Tile Testing

In Orbiter Processing Facility-3 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, United Space Alliance tile technician Jimmy Carter works on boundary layer transition tile bonding on space shuttle Discovery's leading wing edge.

The boundary layer transition tiles are part of testing designed to help engineers better understand the heating environment around a spacecraft as it reenters the atmosphere.

Discovery and its crew for the STS-133 mission are targeted to deliver the Express Logistics Carrier-4 filled with external payloads and experiments, as well as critical spare components to the International Space Station.

Image credit: NASA/Frankie Martin
June 25, 2010

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