Heat protection system on Space Shuttle Atlantis damaged during liftoff
Saturday, June 9, 2007
The Space Shuttle Atlantis has received at least a 4 inch tear on its Thermal Protection System (TPS) on one of the Orbital Maneuvering System (OMS) pods near the thrusters after it took off on June 8, but officials say the damage is not concerning yet, and the OMS was not damaged.
"There's not a whole lot of concerns just yet," said a spokesman for NASA, Louis Parker.
"Preliminary Area of Interest in TPS inspection: Around a 4 inch blanket reported sticking out at the port OMS pod. Crew reported that on the port OMS pod they can see a 4 to 5 inch piece of blanket sticking up. They are getting photos," said NASA.
The OMS is used to control the shuttle's movement in space and is also used for orbital injection and NASA says that preliminary imaging shows that the OMS was not damaged.
"Analysis by launch team looking at other camera views show that the tyvek cover did not strike the OMS pod," said NASA.
Astronauts inspected the shuttle for more damage at approximately 2:00 p.m. (eastern time) using Atlantis's robotic arm with digital cameras placed on the end, but found none and Atlantis is still planned to dock with the International Space Station.
- "STS-117 Crew Inspected Shuttle Heat Shield" — , June 9, 2007 (currently only posted on shuttle's main page)
- Chris Bergin. "TPS inspections for Atlantis - Port OMS Pod blanket issue" — , June 9, 2007
- Christopher Rizo. "NASA Concerned About Shuttle Damage From Take Off" — , June 9, 2007
- William Atkins. "Torn thermal blanket found on NASA Shuttle Atlantis" — , June 8, 2007