spacetoday.net: space news from around the webin association with SpaceNews


Fuel line inspection delays Columbia launch
Posted: Mon, Jun 24, 2002, 8:22 PM ET (0022 GMT)
STS-107 patch (NASA) The launch of the space shuttle Columbia on a dedicated science mission will be delayed for at least a few weeks after shuttle managers decided Monday to inspect the orbiter for fuel line defects found in two other shuttles. NASA announced late Monday that the launch of Columbia on mission STS-107, which had been scheduled for July 19, will be delayed "a few weeks" to look for cracks in metallic flow liners in fuel lines in the orbiter. Recent inspections of Atlantis and Discovery found several such cracks, between 0.25 and 0.75 cm long, in their flow liners that were not previously spotted using standard visual inspections. Shuttle program manager Ron Dittemore called the problem "a very complex issue" that engineers are only beginning to understand. STS-107 is a dedicated research mission whose crew includes Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut. NASA said that the effect of the investigation on other shuttle launches is undetermined, but the delay of STS-107 may have a "domino effect" pushing back the launches of missions scheduled later in the year, or changing the order the missions are launched.
<<previous article   next article>>
news in brief
Soyuz docks with ISS
Posted: Sun, Jun 10 11:12 AM ET (1512 GMT)

Curiosity detects organic molecules and methane cycle on Mars
Posted: Sun, Jun 10 11:10 AM ET (1510 GMT)

Northrop Grumman completes acquisition of Orbital ATK
Posted: Sun, Jun 10 11:09 AM ET (1509 GMT)

news links
Monday, June 18
Business time at rocket lab
Gisbourne (NZ) Herald — 5:29 am ET (0929 GMT)
'Read With Me' Author Explores Private Space Travel
Northern Public Radio — 5:26 am ET (0926 GMT)
Forget Galileo – UK space sector should look to young stars instead
Institution of Mechanical Engineers — 5:23 am ET (0923 GMT)


about spacetoday.net   ·   info@spacetoday.net   ·   mailing list