Another week... another threat to
NASA's Kennedy Space Center from inclement weather. KSC managers
say they will closely follow Tropical Storm Hanna to determine when
would be the best time this week to move space shuttle Atlantis to
its launch pad.
Currently, the earliest Atlantis will be rolled out from
Kennedy's Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Pad 39A is Thursday,
September 4 at 12:01 am EDT. As ANN reported, rollout had been scheduled
for Tuesday morning, three days later than its original August 30
scheduled rollout date. That delay was due to a minor technical
problem with a fuel connector.
Managers opted Monday to delayed the rollout, to allow time to
evaluate Hanna's possible affects on the center.
If the storm stays on its current track, managers will wait
until it passes off the coast of Kennedy and then move Atlantis to
the pad, most likely Saturday morning. Current forecasts show Hanna
will make a glancing blow off Florida's eastern seaboard later this
week, possibly as a Category Two hurricane.
Atlantis is targeted to lift off October 8 on an 11-day mission
to service NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Managers will evaluate
any affects from Hanna on supporting the target date.