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Re: STS-114 MCC Status Report #16 - Gap Fillers



In Authur Rowe's Status report posting it said ...
> He will first try to gently pull out the protruding material, and if need
> be, remove by trimming with a hacksaw.
>
> Gap fillers are used in areas to restrict the flow of hot gas into the
> gaps between Thermal Protection System components.

Can anyone explain why it's ok just to pull the gap fillers out - surely
they are as vital as the heat resisting tiles for preventing heat damage on
re-entry.
If they serve no purpose, why not leave them out in the first place ...
73
Hugh M0WYE
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