The Shuttle tile gouge

Tile gouge on Endeavour

Here’s the gouged tiles that are concerning NASA’s Endeavour mission. CNET has a slide show that notes the position of the damage, which is said to go right down to bare aluminum. Endeavour’s mission has been extended, thanks to new Space Station power technology, which suggests they’ll use the time to patch the tiles. A rare lunchtime blog post….

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Chris Gulker, a self-described Infuential Blogger, lived in Menlo Park, California with spouse Linda. He passed away in late October 2010.
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3 Responses to The Shuttle tile gouge

  1. Anonymous says:

    They’re really playing down this one. No mention on nasa.gov. The problem seems to be they never figured out how to repair the tiles. The adhesive putty always had too many bubbles. They ended up with a method involving 4 corkscrews clamping a sheet of carbon fiber to the adjacent tiles. That would damage the adjacent tiles of course, but theoretically the corkscrew damage would be better than melted airframe.

  2. cg says:

    Ouch… so the big new repair option is there is no good repair option…

  3. Izzy says:

    Just cram some JB Weld up in there.

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