[sarex] STS-115 LAUNCH DELAYED
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Mon Aug 28 06:13:19 PDT 2006
SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468
Aug. 28, 2006
Allard Beutel/Bruce Buckingham
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
TROPICAL STORM ERNESTO FORCES SHUTTLE ATLANTIS' LAUNCH DELAY
Tuesday's scheduled launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis on its STS-115
mission to the International Space Station is being postponed because
of Tropical Storm Ernesto. A new launch date has not been set.
Although no final decision has been made, shuttle managers meeting at
NASA's Kennedy Space Center instructed launch teams Monday to
continue preliminary preparations to roll Atlantis off its launch pad
and back inside the protection of the Vehicle Assembly Building.
Managers will follow developments in Tropical Storm Ernesto's track.
A decision on whether to roll back is expected by midday Tuesday.
Ernesto is forecast to pass near Kennedy on Wednesday afternoon.
The STS-115 crew will remain in Florida until a roll back decision is
made. Commander Brent Jett, Pilot Chris Ferguson, and mission
specialists Joe Tanner, Dan Burbank, Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper and
Canadian astronaut Steve MacLean will study flight plans and spend
time with their families.
During STS-115, Atlantis' astronauts will deliver and install the
17.5-ton, bus-sized P3/P4 integrated truss segment on the station.
The girder-like truss includes a set of giant solar arrays, batteries
and associated electronics. The P3/P4 truss segment will provide
one-fourth of the total power-generation capability for the completed
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