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Test article for gathering data about foam impact

RCC Test Before Impact

Left wing test article prior to foam impact test. Panels 5, 6, and 7 and T-Seals 5/6 and 6/7 (from left) are made of fiberglass. The target panel #8 and outboard panels (continuing to the right) are actual flight Reinforced Carbon Carbon (RCC) material including T-Seals 8/9, 9/10, and 10/11. The black ‘skid’ marks on fiberglass panel 6 are from earlier foam impact tests in the series used to gather data in preparation for actual RCC impact tests.

Image Credit: CAIB Photo by Rick Stiles 2003