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NASA: 112301main 114 pk july05

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One of the more complex approaches to
certifying the changes and improvements to the
External Tank before flight is to identify the
scope of TPS process verification and validation
efforts.

This process control dictated the establishment
of prerequisites for TPS manual sprays and
identified process verification and validation
requirements with careful monitoring of their
incorporation into the Return to Flight effort.

An integrated process control for the various
foam processes was instituted as well as a plan
for all tanks in production. After establishing
manual spray requirements, tests and
dissections were identified that would confirm
the process used to certify the foam for flight.
Tank dissections, defect testing and margin
assessments followed.

The early work, obviously, concentrated on
mandatory improvements to the first two flight
tanks (ET-121 and ET-120). Attention also was
paid to items that were desired on these first
tanks, while looking toward longer range TPS
improvements.

July 2005

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Figure5 TPS Applications

July 2005

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