[sarex] STS-115 LAUNCH POSTPONED
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Wed Sep 6 11:17:29 PDT 2006
SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468
Sept. 6, 2006
Tracy Young/Allard Beutel
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
NASA POSTPONES SPACE SHUTTLE ATLANTIS LAUNCH
NASA has delayed Wednesday's launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis on its
STS-115 mission to the International Space Station. Shuttle Program
managers made the decision early Wednesday morning due to a problem
that occurred during the activation of one of the shuttle's three
electricity-producing fuel cells.
Teams are evaluating data on what might have caused a voltage spike in
the fuel cell's coolant pump that cools the fuel cell system. Mission
managers will hold a meeting at 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday to assess the
issue. There will be a news conference on NASA TV at the conclusion
of the meeting.
During STS-115, the astronauts will deliver and install a girder-like
structure, known as the P3/P4 truss aboard the station. The
35,000-pound piece includes a set of giant solar arrays, batteries
and associated electronics. The arrays eventually will double the
station's power capability.
Atlantis' crew, Commander Brent Jett, Pilot Chris Ferguson and mission
specialists Dan Burbank, Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper, Joe Tanner and
Steve MacLean, a Canadian Space Agency astronaut, remains at Kennedy
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