The intertank is a steel/aluminum
semimonocoque cylindrical structure with flanges on each end for
joining the liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen tanks. The intertank
houses ET instrumentation components and provides an umbilical plate
that interfaces with the ground facility arm for purge gas supply,
hazardous gas detection and hydrogen gas boiloff during ground operations.
It consists of mechanically joined skin, stringers and machined
panels of aluminum alloy. The intertank is vented during flight.
The intertank contains the forward SRB-ET attach thrust beam and
fittings that distribute the SRB loads to the liquid oxygen and
liquid hydrogen tanks. The intertank is 270 inches long, 331 inches
in diameter and weighs 12,100 pounds.