Friday, May 06, 2011

Endeavour launch no earlier than May 16

NASA has confirmed May 16 as the earliest date Endeavour will launch.

A launch to the International Space Station that Monday would be planned at 8:56 a.m. EDT.

The mission now scheduled to last 16 days would have a first landing opportunity at Kennedy Spcae Center around 2:30 a.m. June 1.

A news conference to discuss the launch status has been scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday (corrected) at KSC.

Technicians will continue working through the weekend to prevent an electrical short that scrubbed an April 29 launch attempt.

They'll install new wiring between a power distribution box and fuel line heaters to bypass suspect wiring. And they'll continue testing systems hooked up to a replacement switchbox.

Progress will be assessed Monday and the 16th could be confirmed as a launch date or a new one set.

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