Two Remaining Shuttle Flights Bumped Four Days Apiece
NASA conceded Wednesday that delays related to Hurricane Ike
will push back the next mission of the shuttle Atlantis by four
days. The agency's first launch opportunity for the repair and
upgrade mission to the Hubble space telescope is now set for 2210
Eastern time on October 14.
China has successfully launched its third manned spaceflight,
sending three taikonauts onboard the Shenzhou 7 into orbit in a
dramatic nighttime launch from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in
the desert of northwest China's Gansu province.
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne says it is a step closer to
flight testing the world's first hypersonic hydrocarbon-fueled and
-cooled scramjet engine. The X-51A Scramjet Engine
Demonstrator-WaveRider (SED-WR) successfully demonstrated key
flight clearance objectives in recent ground tests simulating Mach
5 flight conditions.