Another Shuttle Launch Slip?

NASA Launches Third KSC Accident Investigation Of The Year,

"Workers plugged cables in backwards into a spare power unit used aboard the shuttle. That damaged the equipment valued at nearly a half- million dollars."

July shuttle launch starting to look iffy (with chart), Orlando Sentinel

"NASA's plans to launch space shuttle Discovery from July 1-19 are no sure thing. The shuttle processing chart below from Tuesday's "noon board" meeting shows some of the reasons why. There is little to no margin in the time required to close out work on the external fuel tank before flight and mate it to the shuttle's solid rocket boosters. But perhaps a bigger potential obstacle is the new "tin whiskers" issue."

Editor's note: In the meantime, hallway talk has been heard at NASA of a slip to September. Also, given that a success-driven launch schedule (with no additional long pauses between missions) is required if NASA has any chance of meeting the 16 launch goal i.e. 2 launches in 2006, 4 in 2007, 4 in 2008, 4 in 2009, 3 in 2010 (plus Hubble somewhere), options are being increasingly evaluated for what the most stable (early) end configuration for the ISS is if additional shuttle flights are cut back - or simply don't happen in time before the 2010 cut off.

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