Reply to post: Re: How can we spin that?

Russian rocket goes BOOM again – this time with a crew on it

Rupert Fiennes Silver badge

Re: How can we spin that?

Mike

Look up STS27. The tile damage was spectacular, including an underside tile, which would have resulted in a burn through except there had been an antenna mount directly underneath. Even STS1 had a warped landing gear door caused by a few tiles not being completely flush to the bottom of the wing. The lesson is that a supposedly "completely reuseable" TPS cannot at present work. Hence, the likes of SpaceX going back to ablative coatings (which should allow several uses).

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