19 May 2006 3D inspection for the Shuttle return to flight
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Proceedings Volume 6220, Spaceborne Sensors III; 62200H (2006) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.665884
Event: Defense and Security Symposium, 2006, Orlando (Kissimmee), Florida, United States
NASA contracted Neptec to provide the Laser Camera System (LCS), a 3D scanning laser sensor, for the on-orbit inspection of the Space Shuttle's Thermal Protection System (TPS) on the return-to-flight mission STS-114. The scanner was mounted on the boom extension to the Shuttle Remote Manipulator System (SRMS). Neptec's LCS was selected due to its close-range accuracy, large scanning volume and immunity to the harsh ambient lighting of space. The crew of STS-114 successfully used the LCS to inspect and measure damage to the Discovery Shuttle TPS in July, 2005. The crew also inspected the external-tank (ET) doors to ensure that they were fully closed. Neptec staff also performed operational support and real-time detailed analysis of the scanned features using analysis workstations at Mission Control Center (MCC) in Houston. This paper provides a summary of the on-orbit scanning activities and a description of the results detailed in the analysis.
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Adam Deslauriers, Adam Deslauriers, Chad English, Chad English, Chris Bennett, Chris Bennett, Peter Iles, Peter Iles, Ross Taylor, Ross Taylor, Andrew Montpool, Andrew Montpool, } "3D inspection for the Shuttle return to flight", Proc. SPIE 6220, Spaceborne Sensors III, 62200H (19 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.665884; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.665884

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