Monday, 13 August 2007

Space Shuttle Endeavour Holed in Thermal Shield.

The Endeavour has a small hole that goes through the thermal tiles right down to the ship's Aluminium frame. Heat on re-entry will be like a blow torch. I can only hope the crew can make the necessary repairs or that the damage is not as bad as believed.
http://www.theage.com.au/news/world/shuttle-may-need-urgent-repairs/2007/08/13/1186857393015.html

Good Luck to the crew !!

Damn shuttle concept. They stick the thing on the side of the rocket rather than on top- where the ship would be out of the way of falling bits of ice and foam. Plus the crew compartment is not a separately insulated escape capsule- a design back up that would give the crew additional protection in the case of a catastrophe. Safety features, except for computer back up systems, were thrown out the window.

(UPDATE: Apparently the damage is not critical this time around.)
(2nd UPDATE: Heat shield damage now considered a real risk.)

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