Wireless Mold Impression Laser Tool (MILT)
 
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The MILT (Mold Impression Laser Tool) is a small, hand-held instrument currently used by maintenance crews to scan, detect, and measure Space Shuttle Tile damage. It is very fast and easy to use. Within a couple of seconds, the system produces a complete 3D digital map of the tile surface and then automatically finds and quantifies defects. About the size of a teapot, the MILT weighs 2.5 pounds, and wirelessly transmits flaw dimensions and location information to a laptop PC. Thus, the user can easily take measurements up to several meters away from the laptop unencumbered by cables.






Astronauts Steve Robinson (right) and Charles Camarda (left) inspect the MILT in Discovery Orbiter Processing Facility at KSCAstronauts Steve Robinson (right) and Charles Camarda (left) inspect the MILT in Discovery Orbiter Processing Facility at KSC Joe Lavelle using the MILTJoseph Lavelle using the MILT