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Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Dan Dick, 33rd Tactical Fighter Squadron commander, discusses his squadron's F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft with Prince Abdullah Ben-El-Hussein and Royal Jordanian air force officials during Exercise SHADOW HAWK'87, a phase of BRI

Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Dan Dick, 33rd Tactical Fighter Squadron comm...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: SHADOW HAWK Base: Azarq Air Base Country: Jordan (JOR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Bob Simons, USAF Release Status: Released... More

Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Dan Dick, 33rd Tactical Fighter Squadron commander, and Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Mohammed Atmeh, Azarq Air Base commander, converse with a member of the 33rd Aviation Maintenance Unit during Exercise SHADOW HAWK'87, a phase of BRI

Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Dan Dick, 33rd Tactical Fighter Squadron comm...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: SHADOW HAWK Base: Azarq Air Base Country: Jordan (JOR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Bob Simons, USAF Release Status: Released... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  In the Thermal Protection System Facility, Tim Wright, engineering manager with United Space Alliance, tests a new tile, called "Boeing replacement insulation" or "BRI-18."  The new tiles will gradually replace older tiles around main landing gear doors, external tank doors and nose landing gear doors.  Currently, 10 tiles have been processed inside the facility. Discovery will receive the first BRI-18 tiles. Technicians inside the Orbiter Processing Facility are performing fit checks and will begin bonding the tiles to the vehicle this month.  The raw material is manufactured by The Boeing Company in Huntington Beach, Calif.  Replacing older tile with the BRI-18 tile in strategic areas is one of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board's recommendations to strengthen the orbiters.  The tiles are more impact resistant than previous designs, enhancing the crew’s safety. KSC-06pd0022

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the Thermal Protection System Facilit...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the Thermal Protection System Facility, Tim Wright, engineering manager with United Space Alliance, tests a new tile, called "Boeing replacement insulation" or "BRI-18." The ne... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  In the Thermal Protection System Facility, Tim Wright, engineering manager with United Space Alliance, tests a new tile, called "Boeing replacement insulation" or "BRI-18." The new tiles will gradually replace older tiles around main landing gear doors, external tank doors and nose landing gear doors.  Currently, 10 tiles have been processed inside the facility. Discovery will receive the first BRI-18 tiles. Technicians inside the Orbiter Processing Facility are performing fit checks and will begin bonding the tiles to the vehicle this month.  The raw material is manufactured by The Boeing Company in Huntington Beach, Calif.  Replacing older tile with the BRI-18 tile in strategic areas is one of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board's recommendations to strengthen the orbiters.  The tiles are more impact resistant than previous designs, enhancing the crew’s safety. KSC-06pd0021

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the Thermal Protection System Facilit...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the Thermal Protection System Facility, Tim Wright, engineering manager with United Space Alliance, tests a new tile, called "Boeing replacement insulation" or "BRI-18." The new... More

Iraqi army soldiers get children to line up prior to distributing humanitarian aid packages in the village of Al Hak, Iraq, Jan. 5, 2007. U.S. Army Soldiers from Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, an element of the 4th Bri gade (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division and Iraqi army soldiers are working together to ensure security and stability in the region. (U.S. Army photo by STAFF SGT. Sean A. Foley) (FOUO)

Iraqi army soldiers get children to line up prior to distributing huma...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: IRAQI FREEDOM State: Babil Country: Iraq (IRQ) Scene Camera Operator: SSG Sean A Foley, USA Release Status: Released to Publ... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. –  In the tile shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, United Space Alliance technician Damon Petty appies a TUFI coating to Boeing Rigid Insulation-18, or BRI-18, tile.  BRI-18 is the strongest material used for thermal insulation on the orbiters and, when coated to produce toughened unipiece fibrous insulation, provides a tile with extremely high-impact resistance.  It is replacing other tiles on areas of the vehicle where impact risk is high, such as the landing gear doors, the wing leading edge and the external tank doors. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-08pd1929

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the tile shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Cente...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the tile shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, United Space Alliance technician Damon Petty appies a TUFI coating to Boeing Rigid Insulation-18, or BRI-18, tile. BRI-18 is the stronge... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. –    In the Tile Shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a United Space Alliance technician checks the Boeing Rigid Insulation-18, or BRI-18, tile he cut.  BRI-18 is the strongest material used for thermal insulation on the orbiters and, when coated to produce toughened unipiece fibrous insulation, provides a tile with extremely high-impact resistance.  It is replacing tiles on areas of the vehicle where impact risk is high.  These areas include the landing gear doors, the wing leading edge and the external tank doors.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-08pd1926

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the Tile Shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Cen...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the Tile Shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a United Space Alliance technician checks the Boeing Rigid Insulation-18, or BRI-18, tile he cut. BRI-18 is the strongest material use... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. –  In the Tile Shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, shelves are stacked with Boeing Rigid Insulation-18, or BRI-18, tiles.  BRI-18 is the strongest material used for thermal insulation on the orbiters and, when coated to produce toughened unipiece fibrous insulation, provides a tile with extremely high-impact resistance.  It is replacing tiles on areas of the vehicle where impact risk is high.  These areas include the landing gear doors, the wing leading edge and the external tank doors.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-08pd1919

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the Tile Shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Cente...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the Tile Shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, shelves are stacked with Boeing Rigid Insulation-18, or BRI-18, tiles. BRI-18 is the strongest material used for thermal insulation on t... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. –  In the Tile Shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a United Space Alliance machinist, Tony Rollins, is setting up the tracer mill to machine the Boeing Rigid Insulation-18, or BRI-18, tile.  BRI-18 is the strongest material used for thermal insulation on the orbiters and, when coated to produce toughened unipiece fibrous insulation, provides a tile with extremely high-impact resistance.  It is replacing tiles on areas of the vehicle where impact risk is high.  These areas include the landing gear doors, the wing leading edge and the external tank doors.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-08pd1921

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the Tile Shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Cente...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the Tile Shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a United Space Alliance machinist, Tony Rollins, is setting up the tracer mill to machine the Boeing Rigid Insulation-18, or BRI-18, tile... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. –   In the Tile Shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a United Space Alliance technician trims a block of Boeing Rigid Insulation-18, or BRI-18, tile.  BRI-18 is the strongest material used for thermal insulation on the orbiters and, when coated to produce toughened unipiece fibrous insulation, provides a tile with extremely high-impact resistance.  It is replacing tiles on areas of the vehicle where impact risk is high.  These areas include the landing gear doors, the wing leading edge and the external tank doors.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-08pd1924

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the Tile Shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Cent...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the Tile Shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a United Space Alliance technician trims a block of Boeing Rigid Insulation-18, or BRI-18, tile. BRI-18 is the strongest material used ... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. –  In the Tile Shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a United Space Alliance technician checks a Boeing Rigid Insulation-18, or BRI-18, tile.  BRI-18 is the strongest material used for thermal insulation on the orbiters and, when coated to produce toughened unipiece fibrous insulation, provides a tile with extremely high-impact resistance.  It is replacing tiles on areas of the vehicle where impact risk is high.  These areas include the landing gear doors, the wing leading edge and the external tank doors.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-08pd1927

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the Tile Shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Cente...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the Tile Shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a United Space Alliance technician checks a Boeing Rigid Insulation-18, or BRI-18, tile. BRI-18 is the strongest material used for therm... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. –  In the Tile Shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a United Space Alliance technician cuts a block of Boeing Rigid Insulation-18, or BRI-18, tile.  BRI-18 is the strongest material used for thermal insulation on the orbiters and, when coated to produce toughened unipiece fibrous insulation, provides a tile with extremely high-impact resistance.  It is replacing tiles on areas of the vehicle where impact risk is high.  These areas include the landing gear doors, the wing leading edge and the external tank doors.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-08pd1923

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the Tile Shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Cente...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the Tile Shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a United Space Alliance technician cuts a block of Boeing Rigid Insulation-18, or BRI-18, tile. BRI-18 is the strongest material used fo... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. –  In the Tile Shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Boeing Rigid Insulation-18, or BRI-18, tiles of different shapes await use on the three orbiters: Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour.  BRI-18 is the strongest material used for thermal insulation on the orbiters and, when coated to produce toughened unipiece fibrous insulation, provides a tile with extremely high-impact resistance.  It is replacing tiles on areas of the vehicle where impact risk is high.  These areas include the landing gear doors, the wing leading edge and the external tank doors.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-08pd1922

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the Tile Shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Cente...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the Tile Shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Boeing Rigid Insulation-18, or BRI-18, tiles of different shapes await use on the three orbiters: Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour. BRI... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. –  In the Tile Shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, shelves are stacked with Boeing Rigid Insulation-18, or BRI-18, tiles.  BRI-18 is the strongest material used for thermal insulation on the orbiters and, when coated to produce toughened unipiece fibrous insulation, provides a tile with extremely high-impact resistance.  It is replacing tiles on areas of the vehicle where impact risk is high.  These areas include the landing gear doors, the wing leading edge and the external tank doors.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-08pd1920

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the Tile Shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Cente...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the Tile Shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, shelves are stacked with Boeing Rigid Insulation-18, or BRI-18, tiles. BRI-18 is the strongest material used for thermal insulation on t... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. –   In the Tile Shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a United Space Alliance technician checks the shape of Boeing Rigid Insulation-18, or BRI-18, tile he cut.  BRI-18 is the strongest material used for thermal insulation on the orbiters and, when coated to produce toughened unipiece fibrous insulation, provides a tile with extremely high-impact resistance.  It is replacing tiles on areas of the vehicle where impact risk is high.  These areas include the landing gear doors, the wing leading edge and the external tank doors.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-08pd1925

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the Tile Shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Cent...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the Tile Shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a United Space Alliance technician checks the shape of Boeing Rigid Insulation-18, or BRI-18, tile he cut. BRI-18 is the strongest mate... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. –  In the tile shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a worker holds one of the Boeing Replacement Insulation 18, or BRI-18, tiles being prepared for installation on space shuttles.  BRI-18 is the strongest material used for thermal insulation on the orbiters and, when coated to produce toughened unipiece fibrous insulation, provides a tile with extremely high-impact resistance.  It is replacing other tiles on areas of the vehicle where impact risk is high, such as the landing gear doors, the wing leading edge and the external tank doors. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-08pd1963

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the tile shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Cente...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the tile shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a worker holds one of the Boeing Replacement Insulation 18, or BRI-18, tiles being prepared for installation on space shuttles. BRI-18 i... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. –  In the tile shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a worker reaches for the door to close the oven with the Boeing Replacement Insulation 18, or BRI-18, tile inside.  The tile will be baked at 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit to cure the ceramic coating, part of the process to prepare the tiles for installation on space shuttles.  BRI-18 is the strongest material used for thermal insulation on the orbiters and, when coated to produce toughened unipiece fibrous insulation, provides a tile with extremely high-impact resistance.  It is replacing other tiles on areas of the vehicle where impact risk is high, such as the landing gear doors, the wing leading edge and the external tank doors. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-08pd1967

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the tile shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Cente...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the tile shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a worker reaches for the door to close the oven with the Boeing Replacement Insulation 18, or BRI-18, tile inside. The tile will be bake... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. –  In the tile shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a worker removes a Boeing Replacement Insulation 18, or BRI-18, tile from a 2,200-degree oven.  The baking is part of the process to prepare the tiles for installation on space shuttles.  BRI-18 is the strongest material used for thermal insulation on the orbiters and, when coated to produce toughened unipiece fibrous insulation, provides a tile with extremely high-impact resistance.  It is replacing other tiles on areas of the vehicle where impact risk is high, such as the landing gear doors, the wing leading edge and the external tank doors. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-08pd1969

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the tile shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Cente...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the tile shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a worker removes a Boeing Replacement Insulation 18, or BRI-18, tile from a 2,200-degree oven. The baking is part of the process to prep... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. –  In the tile shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a Boeing Replacement Insulation 18, or BRI-18, tile still glows after being baked in a 2,200-degree oven.  The baking is part of the process to prepare the tiles for installation on space shuttles.   BRI-18 is the strongest material used for thermal insulation on the orbiters and, when coated to produce toughened unipiece fibrous insulation, provides a tile with extremely high-impact resistance.  It is replacing other tiles on areas of the vehicle where impact risk is high, such as the landing gear doors, the wing leading edge and the external tank doors. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-08pd1970

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the tile shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Cente...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the tile shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a Boeing Replacement Insulation 18, or BRI-18, tile still glows after being baked in a 2,200-degree oven. The baking is part of the proc... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. –  In the tile shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a worker places a Boeing Replacement Insulation 18, or BRI-18, tile in the oven.  The tile will be baked at 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit to cure the ceramic coating, part of the process to prepare the tiles for installation on space shuttles. BRI-18 is the strongest material used for thermal insulation on the orbiters and, when coated to produce toughened unipiece fibrous insulation, provides a tile with extremely high-impact resistance.  It is replacing other tiles on areas of the vehicle where impact risk is high, such as the landing gear doors, the wing leading edge and the external tank doors. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-08pd1966

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the tile shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Cente...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the tile shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a worker places a Boeing Replacement Insulation 18, or BRI-18, tile in the oven. The tile will be baked at 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit to c... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. –  In the tile shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a Boeing Replacement Insulation 18, or BRI-18, tile bakes in a 2,200-degree oven to cure the ceramic coating.  The baking is part of the process to prepare the tiles for installation on space shuttles.  BRI-18 is the strongest material used for thermal insulation on the orbiters and, when coated to produce toughened unipiece fibrous insulation, provides a tile with extremely high-impact resistance.  It is replacing other tiles on areas of the vehicle where impact risk is high, such as the landing gear doors, the wing leading edge and the external tank doors. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-08pd1968

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the tile shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Cente...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the tile shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a Boeing Replacement Insulation 18, or BRI-18, tile bakes in a 2,200-degree oven to cure the ceramic coating. The baking is part of the ... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. –  In the tile shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a worker is ready to place a Boeing Replacement Insulation 18, or BRI-18, tile in the oven.  The tile will be baked at 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit to cure the ceramic coating, part of the process to prepare the tiles for installation on space shuttles.  BRI-18 is the strongest material used for thermal insulation on the orbiters and, when coated to produce toughened unipiece fibrous insulation, provides a tile with extremely high-impact resistance.  It is replacing other tiles on areas of the vehicle where impact risk is high, such as the landing gear doors, the wing leading edge and the external tank doors. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-08pd1965

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the tile shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Cente...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the tile shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a worker is ready to place a Boeing Replacement Insulation 18, or BRI-18, tile in the oven. The tile will be baked at 2,200 degrees Fahr... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. –  In the tile shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a Boeing Replacement Insulation 18, or BRI-18, tile is ready to be baked at 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit to cure the ceramic coating, part of the process to prepare the tiles for installation on space shuttles.  BRI-18 is the strongest material used for thermal insulation on the orbiters and, when coated to produce toughened unipiece fibrous insulation, provides a tile with extremely high-impact resistance.  It is replacing other tiles on areas of the vehicle where impact risk is high, such as the landing gear doors, the wing leading edge and the external tank doors. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-08pd1964

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the tile shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Cente...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the tile shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a Boeing Replacement Insulation 18, or BRI-18, tile is ready to be baked at 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit to cure the ceramic coating, part of... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside Orbiter Processing Facility 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, United Space Alliance technicians install Boeing Replacement Insulation 18, or BRI-18, tile on space shuttle Endeavour during processing activities. BRI-18 is the strongest material used for thermal insulation on the orbiters and, when coated to produce toughened unipiece fibrous insulation, provides a tile with extremely high-impact resistance. It is replacing other tiles on areas of the vehicle where impact risk is high, such as the landing gear doors, the wing leading edge and the external tank doors. Endeavour will deliver a multi-purpose logistics module to the International Space Station on its STS-126 mission. Launch is targeted for Nov. 10.  Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller KSC-08pd2148

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside Orbiter Processing Facility 2 at NASA's ...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside Orbiter Processing Facility 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, United Space Alliance technicians install Boeing Replacement Insulation 18, or BRI-18, tile on space shuttle Endeavour... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside Orbiter Processing Facility 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, United Space Alliance technicians install Boeing Replacement Insulation 18, or BRI-18, tile on space shuttle Endeavour during processing activities. BRI-18 is the strongest material used for thermal insulation on the orbiters and, when coated to produce toughened unipiece fibrous insulation, provides a tile with extremely high-impact resistance. It is replacing other tiles on areas of the vehicle where impact risk is high, such as the landing gear doors, the wing leading edge and the external tank doors. Endeavour will deliver a multi-purpose logistics module to the International Space Station on its STS-126 mission. Launch is targeted for Nov. 10.  Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller KSC-08pd2145

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside Orbiter Processing Facility 2 at NASA's ...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside Orbiter Processing Facility 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, United Space Alliance technicians install Boeing Replacement Insulation 18, or BRI-18, tile on space shuttle Endeavour... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside Orbiter Processing Facility 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, United Space Alliance technicians install Boeing Replacement Insulation 18, or BRI-18, tile on space shuttle Endeavour during processing activities. BRI-18 is the strongest material used for thermal insulation on the orbiters and, when coated to produce toughened unipiece fibrous insulation, provides a tile with extremely high-impact resistance. It is replacing other tiles on areas of the vehicle where impact risk is high, such as the landing gear doors, the wing leading edge and the external tank doors. Endeavour will deliver a multi-purpose logistics module to the International Space Station on its STS-126 mission. Launch is targeted for Nov. 10.  Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller KSC-08pd2151

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside Orbiter Processing Facility 2 at NASA's ...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside Orbiter Processing Facility 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, United Space Alliance technicians install Boeing Replacement Insulation 18, or BRI-18, tile on space shuttle Endeavour... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside Orbiter Processing Facility 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a United Space Alliance technician installs Boeing Replacement Insulation 18, or BRI-18, tile on space shuttle Endeavour during processing activities. BRI-18 is the strongest material used for thermal insulation on the orbiters and, when coated to produce toughened unipiece fibrous insulation, provides a tile with extremely high-impact resistance. It is replacing other tiles on areas of the vehicle where impact risk is high, such as the landing gear doors, the wing leading edge and the external tank doors. Endeavour will deliver a multi-purpose logistics module to the International Space Station on its STS-126 mission. Launch is targeted for Nov. 10.  Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller KSC-08pd2147

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside Orbiter Processing Facility 2 at NASA's ...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside Orbiter Processing Facility 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a United Space Alliance technician installs Boeing Replacement Insulation 18, or BRI-18, tile on space shuttle Endeavo... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside Orbiter Processing Facility 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a United Space Alliance technician installs Boeing Replacement Insulation 18, or BRI-18, tile on space shuttle Endeavour during processing activities. BRI-18 is the strongest material used for thermal insulation on the orbiters and, when coated to produce toughened unipiece fibrous insulation, provides a tile with extremely high-impact resistance. It is replacing other tiles on areas of the vehicle where impact risk is high, such as the landing gear doors, the wing leading edge and the external tank doors. Endeavour will deliver a multi-purpose logistics module to the International Space Station on its STS-126 mission. Launch is targeted for Nov. 10.  Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller KSC-08pd2142

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside Orbiter Processing Facility 2 at NASA's ...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside Orbiter Processing Facility 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a United Space Alliance technician installs Boeing Replacement Insulation 18, or BRI-18, tile on space shuttle Endeavo... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside Orbiter Processing Facility 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, United Space Alliance technicians install Boeing Replacement Insulation 18, or BRI-18, tile on space shuttle Endeavour during processing activities. BRI-18 is the strongest material used for thermal insulation on the orbiters and, when coated to produce toughened unipiece fibrous insulation, provides a tile with extremely high-impact resistance. It is replacing other tiles on areas of the vehicle where impact risk is high, such as the landing gear doors, the wing leading edge and the external tank doors. Endeavour will deliver a multi-purpose logistics module to the International Space Station on its STS-126 mission. Launch is targeted for Nov. 10.  Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller KSC-08pd2149

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside Orbiter Processing Facility 2 at NASA's ...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside Orbiter Processing Facility 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, United Space Alliance technicians install Boeing Replacement Insulation 18, or BRI-18, tile on space shuttle Endeavour... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside Orbiter Processing Facility 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a United Space Alliance technician installs Boeing Replacement Insulation 18, or BRI-18, tile on space shuttle Endeavour during processing activities. BRI-18 is the strongest material used for thermal insulation on the orbiters and, when coated to produce toughened unipiece fibrous insulation, provides a tile with extremely high-impact resistance. It is replacing other tiles on areas of the vehicle where impact risk is high, such as the landing gear doors, the wing leading edge and the external tank doors. Endeavour will deliver a multi-purpose logistics module to the International Space Station on its STS-126 mission. Launch is targeted for Nov. 10.  Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller KSC-08pd2150

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside Orbiter Processing Facility 2 at NASA's ...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside Orbiter Processing Facility 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a United Space Alliance technician installs Boeing Replacement Insulation 18, or BRI-18, tile on space shuttle Endeavo... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside Orbiter Processing Facility 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a United Space Alliance technician holds one of the Boeing Replacement Insulation 18, or BRI-18, tile that will be installed on space shuttle Endeavour during processing activities. BRI-18 is the strongest material used for thermal insulation on the orbiters and, when coated to produce toughened unipiece fibrous insulation, provides a tile with extremely high-impact resistance. It is replacing other tiles on areas of the vehicle where impact risk is high, such as the landing gear doors, the wing leading edge and the external tank doors. Endeavour will deliver a multi-purpose logistics module to the International Space Station on its STS-126 mission. Launch is targeted for Nov. 10.  Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller KSC-08pd2144

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside Orbiter Processing Facility 2 at NASA's ...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside Orbiter Processing Facility 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a United Space Alliance technician holds one of the Boeing Replacement Insulation 18, or BRI-18, tile that will be ins... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside Orbiter Processing Facility 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, United Space Alliance technicians install Boeing Replacement Insulation 18, or BRI-18, tile on space shuttle Endeavour during processing activities. BRI-18 is the strongest material used for thermal insulation on the orbiters and, when coated to produce toughened unipiece fibrous insulation, provides a tile with extremely high-impact resistance. It is replacing other tiles on areas of the vehicle where impact risk is high, such as the landing gear doors, the wing leading edge and the external tank doors. Endeavour will deliver a multi-purpose logistics module to the International Space Station on its STS-126 mission. Launch is targeted for Nov. 10.  Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller KSC-08pd2146

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside Orbiter Processing Facility 2 at NASA's ...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside Orbiter Processing Facility 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, United Space Alliance technicians install Boeing Replacement Insulation 18, or BRI-18, tile on space shuttle Endeavour... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside Orbiter Processing Facility 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a United Space Alliance technician holds one of the Boeing Replacement Insulation 18, or BRI-18, tile that will be installed on space shuttle Endeavour during processing activities. BRI-18 is the strongest material used for thermal insulation on the orbiters and, when coated to produce toughened unipiece fibrous insulation, provides a tile with extremely high-impact resistance. It is replacing other tiles on areas of the vehicle where impact risk is high, such as the landing gear doors, the wing leading edge and the external tank doors. Endeavour will deliver a multi-purpose logistics module to the International Space Station on its STS-126 mission. Launch is targeted for Nov. 10.  Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller KSC-08pd2143

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside Orbiter Processing Facility 2 at NASA's ...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside Orbiter Processing Facility 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a United Space Alliance technician holds one of the Boeing Replacement Insulation 18, or BRI-18, tile that will be ins... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The engines of U.S. Navy NP-3D Orion aircraft are started in preparation for takeoff from the Skid Strip at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The plane will fly below space shuttle Discovery as it approaches Kennedy Space Center for landing following the STS-119 mission. Onboard instruments will check the orbiter’s exterior temperatures and a long-range infrared camera will remotely monitor heating to the shuttle’s lower surface, part of the boundary layer transition flight experiment. For the experiment, a heat shield tile with a “speed bump” on it was installed under Discovery’s left wing to intentionally disturb the airflow in a controlled manner and make the airflow turbulent. The tile, a BRI-18, was originally developed as a potential heat shield upgrade on the orbiters and is being considered for use on the Constellation Program’s Orion crew exploration vehicles. The data will determine if a protuberance on a BRI-18 tile is safe to fly and will be used to verify and improve design efforts for future spacecraft. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-2009-2349

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The engines of U.S. Navy NP-3D Orion aircraft a...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The engines of U.S. Navy NP-3D Orion aircraft are started in preparation for takeoff from the Skid Strip at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The plane will fly below space shuttle Discov... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – A U.S. Navy NP-3D Orion aircraft taxies to the runway of the Skid Strip at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in preparation for takeoff. The plane will fly below space shuttle Discovery as it approaches Kennedy Space Center for landing following the STS-119 mission. Onboard instruments will check the orbiter’s exterior temperatures and a long-range infrared camera will remotely monitor heating to the shuttle’s lower surface, part of the boundary layer transition flight experiment. For the experiment, a heat shield tile with a “speed bump” on it was installed under Discovery’s left wing to intentionally disturb the airflow in a controlled manner and make the airflow turbulent. The tile, a BRI-18, was originally developed as a potential heat shield upgrade on the orbiters and is being considered for use on the Constellation Program’s Orion crew exploration vehicles. The data will determine if a protuberance on a BRI-18 tile is safe to fly and will be used to verify and improve design efforts for future spacecraft. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-2009-2350

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – A U.S. Navy NP-3D Orion aircraft taxies to the ...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – A U.S. Navy NP-3D Orion aircraft taxies to the runway of the Skid Strip at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in preparation for takeoff. The plane will fly below space shuttle Discovery as... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – A U.S. Navy NP-3D Orion aircraft takes off from the Skid Strip at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The plane will fly below space shuttle Discovery as it approaches Kennedy Space Center for landing following the STS-119 mission. Onboard instruments will check the orbiter’s exterior temperatures and a long-range infrared camera will remotely monitor heating to the shuttle’s lower surface, part of the boundary layer transition flight experiment. For the experiment, a heat shield tile with a “speed bump” on it was installed under Discovery’s left wing to intentionally disturb the airflow in a controlled manner and make the airflow turbulent. The tile, a BRI-18, was originally developed as a potential heat shield upgrade on the orbiters and is being considered for use on the Constellation Program’s Orion crew exploration vehicles. The data will determine if a protuberance on a BRI-18 tile is safe to fly and will be used to verify and improve design efforts for future spacecraft. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-2009-2351

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – A U.S. Navy NP-3D Orion aircraft takes off from...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – A U.S. Navy NP-3D Orion aircraft takes off from the Skid Strip at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The plane will fly below space shuttle Discovery as it approaches Kennedy Space Center ... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. --  A U.S. Navy NP-3D Orion aircraft prepares for takeoff from the Skid Strip at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The plane will fly below space shuttle Discovery as it approaches Kennedy Space Center for landing following the STS-119 mission. Onboard instruments will check the orbiter’s exterior temperatures and a long-range infrared camera will remotely monitor heating to the shuttle’s lower surface, part of the boundary layer transition flight experiment. For the experiment, a heat shield tile with a “speed bump” on it was installed under Discovery’s left wing to intentionally disturb the airflow in a controlled manner and make the airflow turbulent. The tile, a BRI-18, was originally developed as a potential heat shield upgrade on the orbiters and is being considered for use on the Constellation Program’s Orion crew exploration vehicles. The data will determine if a protuberance on a BRI-18 tile is safe to fly and will be used to verify and improve design efforts for future spacecraft. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-2009-2348

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A U.S. Navy NP-3D Orion aircraft prepares for...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A U.S. Navy NP-3D Orion aircraft prepares for takeoff from the Skid Strip at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The plane will fly below space shuttle Discovery as it approaches Kennedy ... More