Exclusive images of Endeavour's damaged tiles

Summary:Neptec Design Group, a Canadian company and a NASA prime contractor for 25 space missions, was kind enough to send me exclusive images of Endeavour's damaged tiles during its last take-off. So here are some of these pictures provided by Neptec.

Neptec Design Group, a Canadian company and a NASA prime contractor for 25 space missions, was kind enough to send me exclusive images of Endeavour's damaged tiles during its last take-off. So here are some of these pictures provided by Neptec. For more information, please read a recent interview with Iain Christie, the Neptec's president.

A damaged tile of Endeavour

Above is an excerpt from a Neptec video showing a damaged tile of the Endeavour shuttle.

The damaged area on Endeavour's thermal protection system

The image above shows a false color scan of the damaged area on Endeavour's thermal protection system produced by the Neptec's Laser Camera System (LCS).

3D scan of the damage on Endeavour's thermal protection system (image 1)

The two images above and below show the damages on Endeavour's thermal protection system.

3D scan of the damage on Endeavour's thermal protection system (image 2)

Finally, here is another image created by the Neptec's LCS and which was extracted from a video which is accessible here.

3D scan of the damage on Endeavour's thermal protection system (image 3)

[Disclaimer: I don't have any financial ties with Neptec, even if I've already written several times about what the company does for space exploration. Here are links to my previous posts.]

Sources: Neptec, August 14, 2007

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Topics: Nasa / Space

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