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ET 101: Media Learn External Tank Basics at Workshop
June Malone
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
(Phone: 256.544.0034)
News Release: 04-205

The STS-114 crew is shown with ET-120, which will carry the fuel for the next Space Shuttle flight. Members of the news media recently learned the basics of External Tank manufacturing, thermal protection systems, and changes to improve the tank for future Space Shuttle flights at a workshop hosted by NASA and Lockheed Martin Space Systems. Briefings focused on Return to Flight included the bipod fitting, liquid hydrogen tank/intertank flange area, protuberance airload ramps, liquid oxygen feedline bellows, and non-destructive evaluation of the thermal protection system.

+ External Tank Photo Gallery
+ Animation
+ External Tank Overview (PDF, 1.0 MB)
+ ET-120 Retrofit Status (PDF, 1.5 MB)
+ Return to Flight Status (PDF, 5.1 MB)