A New Boom for Safety
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A New Boom for Safety

August 3, 2005
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- United Space Alliance technicians Todd Dugan and Jake Senior (at left) work on the Orbiter Boom Sensor System in the Remote Manipulator System lab while USA engineer Ron Kennedy (right) looks on. The OBSS is undergoing final checkout and testing in the lab prior to being transferred to the Orbiter Processing Facility for installation on Space Shuttle Discovery. The 50-foot-long OBSS will be attached to the Remote Manipulator System, or Shuttle arm, and is one of the new safety measures for Return to Flight, equipping the orbiter with cameras and laser systems to inspect the Shuttle's Thermal Protection System while in space.

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