Monday, May 02, 2011

Endeavour won't launch before May 10

Endeavour's final flight now is targeted to launch no earlier than May 10.

Launch teams had been considering an attempt as soon as this Sunday after a faulty electronic switch box was swapped out and tested.

But they determined it would take about two more days than originally thought to complete that work and be ready to pick up another countdown.

NASA had also identified May 9 as a problematic launch date.

That would have put Endeavour on track to leave the International Space Station on the same day as a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, which flight rules don't allow because of the scheduling strain on crew members.

But officials said today's adjustment of the "no earlier than" date from May 8 to May 10 was based entirely on the work being done on Endeavour, not the Soyuz conflict.

If a May 10 launch is ultimately confirmed, the targeted time would be 11:21 a.m. A launch the following day would be at 11:58 a.m.

Image credit: NASA

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