ECO Sensor Postpones Shuttle Launch 24 Hours

By Marc Boucher
September 8, 2006
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Today’s launch has been scrubbed 24 hours to allow engineers to troubleshoot the engine cutoff sensor issue. NASA will detank the Shuttle and try again tomorrow.

Launch Director Mike Leinbach informed the crew of the decision and said the weather looks good for a launch tomorrow.

The Atlantis crew 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.

During the mission the crew will continue building the space station adding the P3/P4 integrated truss and a second set of solar arrays on the space station, doubling the station’s current ability to generate power from sunlight and adding 17.5 tons to its mass. This is the first new component to be added to the space station in almost four years.

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