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Air gun used to test reinforced carbon carbon panel

Air Gun

Air Gun at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, TX used for shuttle External Tank foam insulation impact tests. The large blue tank on the left is pressurized with nitrogen which when released fires a foam projectile through the long brown horizontal barrel. In this test, the barrel is aimed for an impact point on reinforced carbon carbon (RCC) panel #8 on the left wing test article.

Image Credit: CAIB Photo by Rick Stiles 2003