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Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-25-2008 09:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA has updated its own flame trench gallery with photos showing the application of fondu fyre.

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I am reading initial reports that the flame trench was once again damaged... this time by the STS-125 launch. According to an AP story released today:
The pad used by Atlantis, meanwhile, suffered more launch damage than usual. The heat-resistant material that covers the bricks beneath the pad was blasted off an approximate 25-square-foot area, said NASA spokesman Allard Beutel. Some nitrogen gas and pressurized air lines also were damaged.

The damage to the bricked flame trench -- which deflect the flames at booster rocket ignition -- occurred near an area that was severely battered last year. Monday's damage is not nearly as bad, Beutel said.

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CBS/Spaceflight Now's Bill Harwood notes that the damage should not impact the next mission, STS-127:
The massive flame deflector below the shuttle Atlantis' mobile launch platform was damaged during liftoff Monday, but officials said Tuesday a preliminary assessment indicates no impact on plans to launch the shuttle Endeavour from the same pad on June 13.

"The SRB flame deflector, there's about a 25-square-foot area on the north side where (a heat resistant coating) came off," a NASA spokeswoman said. "They had some pneumatic lines that were damaged."

While inspections are still in progress, she said, "right now, they don't see any indications there will be an impact on the June launch."

Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-30-2009 12:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A view of the flame trench on Pad 39A where repairs following the launch of STS-125 have been completed.

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You can see flying bricks in launch photo STS124-S-031.


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