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    NASA Tire Assault Vehicle (TAV), made from a German World War II tank model

    NASA's space shuttle tires are one-time use, and they're fairly rigorously tested. If a tire test wears a tire, but does not puncture it, the tire then needs to be properly deflated, from a safe distance. Enter the Tire Assault Vehicle, created from a German WWII Tamiya King Tiger tank model, at a cost of less than $3,000. The TAV simply drills into the tire remotely, safely deflating it. Yes, that's a DeWalt drill.

    Here's a 33-second video demonstrating one such tire test:


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