CAIB Photo by Rick Stiles 2003
Air Gun at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, TX used for shuttle External Tank foam insulation impact tests. The large blue tank on the left is pressurized with nitrogen which when released fires a foam projectile through the long brown horizontal barrel. In this test, the barrel is aimed for an impact point on RCC panel #6 of the leading edge of the left shuttle wing test article.

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