Major delay for STS-98

From: Daniel Deak (dan.deak@sympatico.ca)
Date: Mon Jan 15 2001 - 21:08:18 PST

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    Hi all,
    
    STS-98 is delayed to at least Feb. 06. Here is the Shuttle Status Report
    for Monday, January 15 :
    
    After additional testing and analysis of Solid Rocket Booster cables
    throughout the Shuttle fleet, Shuttle Program officials decided late today
    to return Atlantis to the Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space
    Center to conduct further inspections.
    
    Because of the uncertainty involving the integrity of the SRB cables,
    Shuttle Program Manager Ron Dittemore ordered Atlantis to be rolled back to
    the Vehicle Assembly Building later this week for more inspections. The
    rollback is scheduled to take place Friday.
    
    The rollback was ordered prior to the planned start of the countdown early
    Tuesday for Atlantis' scheduled launch January 19 to deliver the U.S.
    Laboratory Destiny to the International Space Station. The launch will be
    delayed until no earlier than February 6. Atlantis' five astronauts were
    informed of the rollback decision prior to their departure from Ellington
    Field in Houston for KSC. They will come out of quarantine to resume
    training for their mission.
    
    As a result of the rollback decision, Destiny will be removed from Atlantis'
    payload bay Thursday and will remain in the payload change out room at
    Launch Pad 39-A.
    
    Pending the results of the cable inspections, which will begin this weekend,
    Atlantis could return to the launch pad around January 25 to resume
    pre-launch preparations.
    
    Atlantis' launch delay will have some impact on the scheduled March 1 launch
    of Discovery on the STS-102 / 5A.1 mission to the International Space
    Station. Shuttle program officials will be assessing the potential launch
    impact over the next few weeks.
    
    Dan
    
    -- 
    Daniel Deak
    representant, projet spatial Starshine
    Drummondville, Quebec
    
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