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Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-01-2008 07:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The News Journal: Losses from ILC lab fire could be 'significant'
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Losses from a small but smoky laboratory blaze at an advanced technology plant near Frederica could be significant but are not expected to have a lasting affect on operations, its president said today.

The emergency at ILC Dover initially raised concerns about toxic vapor being released at the plant, prompting firefighters to retreat and delaying work to put down the fire. Emergency crews were sent to the scene shortly before 7 p.m. Friday when automatic fire, water and pump failure alarms activated.

ILC manufactures space suits, inflatable systems, protective masks and other complex "soft goods" for NASA, the Defense Department and other users around the globe.

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None of the firefighters or workers was injured, officials said.

Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Brian S. Bullock said a heating unit in a custom-made immersion tank started the fire. It spread to insulation and foams that released large amounts of smoke.

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Two space suits, each estimated to cost more than $1 million, were damaged during the incident, which also caused extensive damage to the laboratory and an adjoining area.


The article also mentions that John Young's flown Apollo 10 spacesuit is on display in ILC's lobby but there's no mention if it was damaged by the fire or by the recovery efforts.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 03-02-2008 03:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
John Young's Apollo 10 suit is displayed in a corridor in its own purpose made, climate controlled cabinet. I doubt it would have been affected.

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Rick

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 03-03-2008 07:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
An update on the ILC fire:
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It was a relatively minor fire that could have been much worse. Lots of smoke and water in the area. As for the suits, they are perfectly fine. One full Shuttle suit was in the room along with the HUT of another. We had a crew in there today performing cleaning & maintenance on them and they will actually be better then they were before the fire.
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Rick

music_space
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posted 03-05-2008 01:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for music_space   Click Here to Email music_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Young's suit is standing up there right at the welcome desk. Outstanding!

Beautiful part of the country too, this tristate peninsula, more and more rural and rugged as the peninsula tapers down, leading to the Chesapeake Bridge-Tunnel.

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