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3D inspection for the Shuttle return to flight
Author(s): Adam Deslauriers; Chad English; Chris Bennett; Peter Iles; Ross Taylor; Andrew Montpool
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Paper Abstract

NASA contracted Neptec to provide the Laser Camera System (LCS), a 3D scanning laser sensor, for the on-orbit inspection of the Space Shuttle's Thermal Protection System (TPS) on the return-to-flight mission STS-114. The scanner was mounted on the boom extension to the Shuttle Remote Manipulator System (SRMS). Neptec's LCS was selected due to its close-range accuracy, large scanning volume and immunity to the harsh ambient lighting of space. The crew of STS-114 successfully used the LCS to inspect and measure damage to the Discovery Shuttle TPS in July, 2005. The crew also inspected the external-tank (ET) doors to ensure that they were fully closed. Neptec staff also performed operational support and real-time detailed analysis of the scanned features using analysis workstations at Mission Control Center (MCC) in Houston. This paper provides a summary of the on-orbit scanning activities and a description of the results detailed in the analysis.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 May 2006
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6220, Spaceborne Sensors III, 62200H (19 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.665884
Show Author Affiliations
Adam Deslauriers, Neptec Design Group (Canada)
Chad English, Neptec Design Group (Canada)
Chris Bennett, Neptec USA (United States)
Peter Iles, Neptec Design Group (Canada)
Ross Taylor, Neptec USA (United States)
Andrew Montpool, Neptec USA (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6220:
Spaceborne Sensors III
Richard T. Howard; Robert D. Richards, Editor(s)

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