Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Top Managers Meet On Endeavour Launch

NASA's Mission Management Team is meeting this morning at Kennedy Space Center to determine whether to continue the ongoing countdown to the planned launch Friday of Endeavour and six astronauts on the orbiter's 25th and final flight.

Traditionally held two days prior to launch -- or L-2 in NASA-speak -- the management meeting focusing on any ongoing engineering analyses or issues that might preclude a 3:47 p.m. Friday liftoff from launch pad 39A, where Endeavour is being prepped for flight.

No major issues are under discussion. Engineers will talk about two glitches that cropped up during routine prelaunch testing on one of the shuttle's key landing aides - the Microwave Landing System. The system provides the orbiter with critical and precise navigation data during the final approach, landing and rollout of on the runway.

NASA will hold a news conference at the conclusion of the meeting. The news briefing is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Mike Moses, chairman of the launch MMT will appear at the briefing along with NASA Shuttle Launch Director Mike Leinbach and Shuttle Weather Officer Kathy Winters.

You can watch the briefing live here in The Flame Trench. Click the NASA TV box on the right to launch our NASA TV viewer and live coverage.

1 comment:

Mark Lopa said...

What's to become of the Mission Management Team once the last mission flies?