In The Midst Of Heavy Weather, NASA Tries To Stay On Time | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

AMA Drone Report

Airborne-Monday

Airborne-Tuesday

Airborne-Wednesday

Airborne-Thursday

Airborne-Friday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI

Airborne On ANN

AMA 07.20.17

Airborne 07.24.17

Airborne 07.25.17

Airborne 07.26.17

Airborne 07.20.17

Airborne 07.21.17

Airborne-Unmanned 07.25.17

Airborne-YouTube

AMA 07.20.17

Airborne 07.24.17

Airborne 07.25.17

Airborne 07.26.17

Airborne 07.20.17

Airborne 07.21.17

Airborne-Unmanned 07.25.17

NEW!!! 2017 AirVenture Innovation Preview -- YouTube Presentation / Vimeo Presentation

Sun, Sep 19, 2004

In The Midst Of Heavy Weather, NASA Tries To Stay On Time

But Hurricanes May Delay Shuttles' Return To Flight

Virtually no place in Florida has escaped nature's wrath this summer -- and that includes Cape Canaveral. Because of poundings from Hurricanes Charley and Frances, NASA is now about a week behind on its schedule for returning the space shuttles to service -- hopefully in March or April.

"Can they make that up?" asked Thomas Stafford, the Apollo astronaut who's now co-chairman of the group overseeing the return to flight. "It's too early to say. It was a tight schedule to start with, and the facility survey is still going on," he said in an interview with the Associated Press.

As we reported earlier this month, NASA took quite a bit of damage during Hurricane Frances. Much of it was sustained by the Vehicle Assembly Building (above, before Hurricane Frances), which lost thousands of square feet in siding.

Last week, work on the newly-redesigned external fuel tank, underway at the Lockheed-Martin plant near New Orleans. "The impact there is... at least a week, and that's assuming no damage from the storm," said former shuttle astronaut and task force co-chairman Richard Covey.

And, don't look now, space fans, but Jeanne is still out there, still a threat to the Space Coast.

But compared to the technical issues that still must be overcome before a return to flight, weather delays seem rather mild. So far, NASA has met five of the 15 goals set forth by the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB). Repairs and modifications could cost upwards of $2.2 billion.

FMI: www.returntoflight.org

Advertisement

More News

Belite AircraftÂ’s 'Chipper' 2-Place Experimental Arrives At EAA17

Now Faster With Increased Useful Load The performance numbers for Chipper, the experimental two place airplane kit from Belite Aircraft, have been updated, providing large gains in>[...]

Belite Introduces New Instruments At AirVenture

Fuel / Water Discriminator, Engine Monitoring System Installed In Chipper Airplane The FAA has long warned: "Water contamination of aircraft fuel systems has been and remains a maj>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 07.25.17: Airspace Auto-Authorization, Bogus UAV Hit, CA Regs

Also: “Drone Billboard”, Eagle v Drone, Self-Driving Cars, Drone Locates Lost Man, Airborne-Unmanned-Help Wanted Greatly anticipated, it appears that this fall, some 50>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 07.25.17: Airspace Auto-Authorization, Bogus UAV Hit, CA Regs

Also: “Drone Billboard”, Eagle v Drone, Self-Driving Cars, Drone Locates Lost Man, Airborne-Unmanned-Help Wanted Greatly anticipated, it appears that this fall, some 50>[...]

Airborne 07.25.17: Blue Origin Stands Tall!, Dynon-Certified, Rotax 915iS

Also: Able Flight, Piper M600 Grounding, Avidyne Updates, Pelton Intvw Part 2 No one who goes to Oshkosh remains surprised… for long... at all the amazing things they see at>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2017 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC