[sarex] Atlantis' Hatch Sealed for Launch
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Fri Sep 8 07:02:32 PDT 2006
SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468
*Atlantis' Hatch Sealed for Launch*
/ Sept. 8, 9:50 a.m. EDT(1350 utc)/
The hatch into Atlantis' crew cabin has been locked and sealed for
flight following the seating of all six STS-115 astronauts inside the
ship. The crew members continue to flip switches and power up the
orbiter's systems as the countdown to an 11:41 a.m. launch marches on.
The weather in the Kennedy Space Center area is pleasant with
temperatures in the upper 70s and only wispy clouds fanning across the sky.
The launch team has reported that an ECO sensor on the hydrogen side of
the external tank has failed. At this time the team is pressing forward
with launch preparations. Mission Management Team members are meeting to
determine if they will consider launching with three working sensors or
if it will be necessary to de-tank and come back tomorrow.
+ See ECO Sensor PowerPoint Slide
Launch weather remains at 70 percent "go" for launch, with the primary
concern for rain within 20 miles of the Shuttle Landing Facility. No
other issues are being addressed by the launch team at this time.
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