Posted By RichC on September 6, 2006
Its not Florence brewing somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean like a previous delay, but is a Fuel Cell problem. Space Shuttle Atlantis was scheduled to launch Wednesday afternoon with highly ambious mission to add two truss elements (see post) and significant upgrades to the International Space Station. The crew of STS-115 consists of Commander Brent W. Jett Jr., Pilot Christopher J. Ferguson and Mission Specialists Heidemarie M. Stefanyshyn-Piper, Joseph R. Tanner, Daniel C. Burbank and Steven G. MacLean, who represents the Canadian Space Agency.
According to an early morning press briefing, the launch will be postponed for at least 24 hours because of a short (a spike and drop in voltage) in the fuel cell coolant motor after the cell was activated. The Mission Management Team is scheduled to meet at 1pm EDT today, and a news conference will follow.