Sunday, June 14, 2009
Range Tested as NASA Plots Launch for Two Space Launhes to ISS and Moon
The Mission Management Team [MMT] has just concluded a scrub turnaround meeting at the Kennedy Space Center for the launch of Endeavor on STS-127. The Space Shuttle team will continue to prepare the vehicle for a launch attempt on Wednesday. June 17. Removal and replacement of the Ground Umbilical Carrier Assembly (GUCP) is proceeding on schedule. The GUCP is being replaced to address the hydrogen vent leak seen during the first STS-127 launch attempt on June 13, MORE from Reuters.
The plan is to process both the STS-127 and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter / Lunar Crater Observation Sensing Satellite (LRO/LCROSS) missions for launch on June 17. Over the course of the next two days, NASA will work with the 45th Space Wing to determine which mission will attempt a launch on June 17. Whichever mission attempts a launch on June 17 will have only one launch opportunity, while the other mission would have the range for the next two opportunities. This means that if STS-127 is scheduled for launch on June 17, then LRO/LCROSS would have the range on June 19 and 20. However, if LRO/LCROSS is scheduled for June 17, then STS-127 would have the range on June 20 and June 21.
The next MMT is scheduled for Tuesday, June 16 at 8:00 AM.