- Press Release
- Nov 29, 2022
Shuttle Fix In The Works?
Doug Buford, with the Aft Engine shop, works at removing a heat shield on Columbia last week, in the Orbiter Processing Facility.
Word has it that the Shuttle program has now identified enough spare parts to rectify problems identified in the Shuttle Orbiter fleet. Moreover, there is also some hope that this can be done in a less intrusive manner than first thought. One suggestion under consideration would be to take the next orbiter due for overhaul and do the repairs then and then use that vehicle to do the bulk of the lifting while the others are repaired.
Of course, there is also the hope that Endeavour will turn out to be OK once it is inspected and that it could do the bulk of the lifting while the rest of the fleet is repaired. Endeavour returned from Edwards Air Force Base last week and is undergoing inspections now.
NASA is expected to make some sort of announcement about this issue next week.