Re: Falling object startles family

From: Don Ledger (dledger@ns.sympatico.ca)
Date: Mon Mar 17 2003 - 22:27:09 EST

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    Light aircraft exhaust systems and turbo prop exhausts are 
    fabricated from Inconel. These have high concentrations of 
    nickel and steel. It could also be part of a recip-engine 
    manifold, which in many cases-unlike car manifolds-are tubular 
    and individually routed a short distance to the muffler system.
    At 10 pounds however it's unlikely to be part of the exhaust 
    pipe of a light aircraft-but possibly part of an older radial 
    engine design, ie DC-3, some sort of a Warbird.
    
    Don Ledger
    
    Ted Molczan wrote:
    > Tom Wagner wrote:
    > 
    > 
    >>Is iron or nickel used in that large of an amount in 
    >>relatively small parts
    >>of a satellite? Could this lead one to suppose that an 
    >>aircraft might have
    >>been responsible? The appearance of what looked like burned parts is
    >>suspicious however.
    > 
    > 
    > My guess is that it came from an aircraft. Ms. Blair did confirm that it was
    > melted around the edges, but aircraft generate quite a bit of heat.
    > 
    > I await the official findings with interest.
    > 
    > Ted Molczan
    > 
    > 
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