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Aft Skirt Bracket Modification

Solution: An external bracket, located at each holddown post on the long skin segment side, will be added to each Aft Skirt. This bracket modification will reduce the stress in the vertical weld adjustment to the holddown post. Bracket installation increases the FOS above program requirements, allows the return of 3 grounded Aft Skirts to flight inventory and reduces NDE inspections.
Initial Operation Date: First flight 7/98
Number of Shuttle mission-TDB
Technology Goal: No new technologies involved
Goals Supported: 1) Fly Safely
2) Meet the Manifest
4) Reduce Cost

Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: John Ira Petty | Updated: 04/07/2002
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