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dragon001
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posted 12-14-2012 11:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragon001     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Look for insight on this part.

Seller claims it was attached to shuttle airframe and thermal tiles attached to it, and from Charles Bell.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-15-2012 07:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a similar part in my collection — 
This segment of Inconel-covered cerachrome insulation once was bolted to a flange on a reinforced carbon-carbon (RCC) component of the shuttle's leading edge structure and was attached to an aluminum wing spar. It protected the metallic fittings and spar from the heat radiated during reentry from the inside surface of the RCC wing panels.
You can see where pieces like this fit in these photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

garymilgrom
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posted 12-15-2012 11:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In my opinion these are not that rare, you see them in auctions frequently, and I think the price on this is too high. About half might be right.

Spaceguy5
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posted 12-15-2012 11:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spaceguy5   Click Here to Email Spaceguy5     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's a relevant graphic.

Similar insulation was used not only on the wing leading edges, but in the main engines, vertical stabilizers, APU ducts, RCS thrusters, and elevons.

This particular one looks like it might be from a wing leading edge. I see the part number is VO70-199627-001.

What I'm wondering though... The seller indicates he would ship international, but would this be ITAR restricted since afterall, it is insulation designed for rockets and missiles?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-15-2012 11:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Spaceguy5:
...but would this be ITAR restricted
Yes, it cannot be exported without a waiver from the State Department.

dragon001
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posted 12-15-2012 01:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragon001     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I sent a request asking for shipping to my location; also an aside stating it may be restricted on export as part of the Shuttle.

I'll send a copy of this thread to the owner as well.

Thanks everyone.

dragon001
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posted 12-16-2012 12:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragon001     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gary, thanks for the price opinion.

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