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To: XBob
Seems like FIRST thing to do would be to isolate each compartment - THAT immediately tells which eqpt''s it CAN'T be.

Sure, an "outside" bubble check isn't practical - can't "paintbrush" soapy water solution in a vacuum, best I can tell, even if it could be done to coat the whole exterior of the thing coating every joint.

But an outside IR camera, aimed back at the single compartment in darkness, should reveal a "trail" of gasses from one or more joints or seals or connections.

And are you sure you want to randomly "paint (er, contaminate with water) joints designed to be pure and pristine in a space environment?
41 posted on 01/09/2004 8:56:40 PM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only support FR by donating monthly, but ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE
41 - "Seems like FIRST thing to do would be to isolate each compartment - THAT immediately tells which eqpt''s it CAN'T be"

Wow - you are 'smart'. LOL - I just can't believe how STOOOOOPID these folks are -

Sort of like, it would have been 'smart' to assure that the o-rings don't leak. It would have been 'smart' to assure that large chunks of foam don't fall off and hit the orbiter.

It is really fricken unbelievable - a 6 year old knows better.
49 posted on 01/10/2004 1:54:48 PM PST by XBob
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE
41 - I was responding to the 'closing off compartments' - I guess I should have specified. The 'soapy water' leak detection is a dumb idea. Simply save air and at the same time narrow down the search by compartment - step one in emergency procedures.
50 posted on 01/10/2004 2:01:23 PM PST by XBob
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