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Tile Makers Creating Orion Shield
2012-03-07 04:41:41

Workers recently began cutting and coating the first thermal protection system tiles — part of the heat shield that will protect an Orion spacecraft during an upcoming flight test which will simulate the re-entry speed and heating of returning from deep space. The tiles are made of the same material and coating as those used on the space shuttle's belly. On Orion, however, the tiles will be placed along the sides and top of the conical spacecraft. A separate heat shield akin to the...

2011-07-07 08:00:00

BRISTOL, Pa., July 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- As the space shuttle Atlantis, carrying DUNMORE Corporation's Multi-Layer Insulation (MLI) materials, completes the last journey of the 30-year program, DUNMORE is looking forward to a growing range of opportunities emerging all over the world to continue the shuttle's work. Already a material supplier to NASA, the International Space Station and many of the public and private organizations launching satellites into orbit, DUNMORE expects steady...

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2005-11-23 16:35:22

NASA -- The steady hum of oversized sewing machines is finally returning to the building where a team of dedicated employees pieces together the space shuttle's protective skin. On Sept. 4, 2004, Hurricane Frances struck NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. As the wind whipped around and rain fell in drenching sheets, several facilities sustained varying degrees of damage. But the storm dealt an especially heavy blow to the Thermal Protection System Facility. The shuttle's thermal...

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2005-09-14 10:40:00

NASA -- When the shuttle Discovery streaked into the clear, blue sky this summer, millions of Americans sat on the edges of their seats, staring in awe at computer screens and television sets. More than 100 ground and shuttle-based cameras offered unprecedented views as the orbiter climbed through the atmosphere, jettisoned its rockets and freed itself from the external tank. But these elaborate camera systems were designed to do more than dazzle home viewers. They played a vital role in...

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2005-08-02 17:35:00

SPACE CENTER, Houston -- Employing the kind of NASA ingenuity seen during Apollo 13, an astronaut prepped for an emergency repair job Wednesday on Discovery's exterior with forceps, scissors and a hacksaw fashioned out of a blade and a little duct tape. Stephen Robinson's mission was to remove two short pieces of filler material that were sticking out of the shuttle's belly. NASA feared the material could lead to a repeat of the 2003 Columbia tragedy during Discovery's re-entry next week....


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