AerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2732 times:
NASA engineers have reportedly found a five-inch long in a critical area of the Space Shuttle and are meeting to discuss their options, which include calling off the launch attempt scheduled for tomorrow.
PhatAlbert From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 113 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2502 times:
They say there is not as much structural damage and plan to keep the countdown going.. the teams took about 4-5 hours going over situations about the ice forming etc. thats what i heard when watching NASA tv
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13253 posts, RR: 77
Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2420 times:
Er, NASA want to do just that, then move to the CEV programme.
But, the ISS needs certain items that can only be launched by Shuttle.
The Hubble needs a servicing mission.
What NASA do is risky, everyone involved is a volunteer, all spaceflight, even after well over 100 STS missions, is effectively an experimental flight.
That it was once billed as otherwise was a political necessity.
If in the past, we had the attitude NASA face now, we would never have had aviation advances, maybe no aviation at all.
Thorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2403 times:
Quoting AirRyan (Reply 8): Can we just ground the fleet and build a museum around them? Time to change the name of the program to the "Space ShIttle."
The U.S. made a committment to its international partners to launch their parts of the International Space Station. The remaining number of Shuttle flights are the minimum number to accomplish that. They also have bowed to political pressure to launch one more mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.
After that, off to the museums! (Probably... Discovery to the Smithsonian at Dulles Airport, replacing Enterprise which goes to NASA Dryden at Edwards AFB, Atlantis stays at Kennedy Space Center. Endeavour goes to Johnson Space Center in Houston.)
DfwRevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 1001 posts, RR: 51
Reply 12, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2380 times:
Quoting Thorny (Reply 11): Endeavour goes to Johnson Space Center in Houston
I just hope they put them in-doors and do a better job than they did with their Saturn V. I haven't been inside the enclosure they built around the vehicle, but it looked pretty crummy from the outside.