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jumbach
Jul. 28th, 2005 03:42 pm (UTC)
Again????? I thought they just sent one up a couple days ago.
rialtus
Jul. 28th, 2005 05:01 pm (UTC)
Yes, Discovery is currently in space. Based on that launch, they have grounded the fleet. Basically, the external fuel tank still split off a piece of foam, which could lead to the same incident where Coumbia was lost, so NASA is proactively grounding the fleet.
zarchasmpgmr
Jul. 28th, 2005 04:06 pm (UTC)
Sadly, I can't think of a way around this problem without total redesign of the tank, which means tons of weight issues (so to speak).
rialtus
Jul. 28th, 2005 05:05 pm (UTC)
I read up on SpaceFlightNow.com that the place where the foam fell off is quite the cantankerous area. During the redesign, they were trying to see if they could use some sort of metal shielding instead of foam, but it wasn't feasible. =(
zarchasmpgmr
Jul. 28th, 2005 05:14 pm (UTC)
cantankerous

OMG ROFTLMAO *die*
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