Tile, Shuttle Insulation, Black, STS-1

Black HRSI (high-temperature reusable surface insulation) tiles were an integral component of the Space Shuttle orbiter's thermal protection system. This system shielded the vehicle from the destructively searing heat of re-entry into the atmosphere and also provided passive thermal control in orbit. About 23,000 black tiles shielded the entire underside of the vehicle as well as portions of the vertical tail, wings, and forward and aft fuselage where temperatures reach 1,200-2,300 degrees F (650-1,260 degrees C). This tile was removed from the lower right wing after being damaged on the first flight of Columbia in 1981. NASA transferred a number of such tiles to the Museum after the STS-1 mission.

Transferred from NASA Johnson Space Center

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Lockheed Missiles and Space Co.

Type
SPACECRAFT-Manned-Parts & Structural Components

Materials
ceramic silica fiber
alumina oxide
synthetic fabric
adhesive
paint
Dimensions
Black tile:
6" x 4 3/4" x 1 7/16"
White tile:
5 1/16" x 4 1/8" x 15/16"

Black HRSI (high-temperature reusable surface insulation) tiles were an integral component of the Space Shuttle orbiter's thermal protection system. This system shielded the vehicle from the destructively searing heat of re-entry into the atmosphere and also provided passive thermal control in orbit. About 23,000 black tiles shielded the entire underside of the vehicle as well as portions of the vertical tail, wings, and forward and aft fuselage where temperatures reach 1,200-2,300 degrees F (650-1,260 degrees C). This tile was removed from the lower right wing after being damaged on the first flight of Columbia in 1981. NASA transferred a number of such tiles to the Museum after the STS-1 mission.

Transferred from NASA Johnson Space Center

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Lockheed Missiles and Space Co.

Type
SPACECRAFT-Manned-Parts & Structural Components

Materials
ceramic silica fiber
alumina oxide
synthetic fabric
adhesive
paint
Dimensions
Black tile:
6" x 4 3/4" x 1 7/16"
White tile:
5 1/16" x 4 1/8" x 15/16"

ID: A19820015000