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[i]We took a quick look at the ascent video and we saw maybe five pieces of the foam come off the external tank. We don't consider those a big deal to us. Again, this was kind of a learning experience for us in the foam world. They were all late, after the aerodynamic sensitive time. They looked thin, so therefore they are lightweight. And they don't appear to be any impact to us at all. We'll review all the video and all the films later and see what happens...[/i]
[i]There is a primary and secondary system, little motors, that are used to drive those gimbals to steer the engines. The team saw an indication of a potential failure in one of those strings on the left-hand engine.
What they will need to do know is go do some gimbal checks to determine whether or not it is an instrumentation problem or whether or not the problem is in the actual command part of the system, in which case, the worst case would be a loss of redundancy and we'd still be able to use that engine.[/i]
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