Presenter Information

J. O. Taylor, Rohr, Inc.

Location

La Jolla, CA

Start Date

1-1-1998 12:00 AM

Description

The X-33/Venturestar program is a single stage to orbit design that is intended to replace the existing Space Shuttle system. Among the many differences between the X-33 and the Shuttle are those aimed at reducing maintenance costs and schedules. One of the most significant contributors to maintenance on the Shuttle is the thermal protection system (TPS) which consists of ceramic tiles in the hot areas and insulating blankets in the cooler areas. Rohr is the TPS integrator for the TPS on the X-33 and significant changes have been made to produce a durable TPS system with minimum maintenance requirements.

Book Title

Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation

Volume

17B

Chapter

Chapter 5: Engineered Materials

Section

Composites

Pages

1253-1260

DOI

10.1007/978-1-4615-5339-7_162

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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Advanced Inspection of Thermal Protection Systems

La Jolla, CA

The X-33/Venturestar program is a single stage to orbit design that is intended to replace the existing Space Shuttle system. Among the many differences between the X-33 and the Shuttle are those aimed at reducing maintenance costs and schedules. One of the most significant contributors to maintenance on the Shuttle is the thermal protection system (TPS) which consists of ceramic tiles in the hot areas and insulating blankets in the cooler areas. Rohr is the TPS integrator for the TPS on the X-33 and significant changes have been made to produce a durable TPS system with minimum maintenance requirements.