Re: [MV] Columbia. Negligence there?

From: Ryan Gill (rmgill@mindspring.com)
Date: Mon Feb 03 2003 - 07:00:37 PST


At 7:54 AM -0500 2/3/03, Bjorn Brandstedt wrote:
>To check the performance of the heatshield while in orbit, they
>might place the shuttle in an attitude that allows the sun to heat
>the bottom of the craft and then monitor temperature increases,
>which may be attributed to a missing tile...

If they could do that I suspect they would have. Those tiles take a
lot of heat and conduct very little of it to the other side. I doubt
you'd get any indication. You can old a tile that was just heated
with a propane torch for 5 minutes. Their thermal resistance is quite

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