NASA Johnson Space Center documents from as far back as 1988 show that wing roughness, similar to that associated with the orbiter Columbia's left wing, could result in a catastrophic burn-through when combined with potentially significant wing impact damage resembling that being investigated in the Feb. 1 reentry accident. One of these documents (right) presented in a 1988 shuttle flight readiness review specifically spelled out how gouge damage at or behind the wing glove could result ...

THIS CONTENT REQUIRES SUBSCRIPTION ACCESS

You must have an Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN) account or subscribe to this Market Briefing to access "Rough Wing + Debris = A Fatal Combination?".

 

Current Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN) enterprise and individual members: please go to http://awin.aviationweek.com for access.

 

Not currently a subscriber? Click on the "Learn More" button below to view subscription offers.

Already registered? here.