HST SM4 Super Lightweight Instrument Carrier (SLIC)
Released on May 20, 2008
An animation of a rotating Super Lightweight Instrument Carrier (SLIC) as prepped for the Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission 4. This carrier will be placed in space shuttle Atlantis's cargo bay aft of the airlock and forward of the ORUC. This carrier made of composite material supports the enclosure holding the Wide Field Camera 3 among other things. SLIC's lightweight enables the space shuttle to carry more instruments and equipment.