View Full Version : Return to Flight Delayed to July

2005-Sep-07, 09:05 AM
SUMMARY: NASA has decided to push back the launch of the space shuttle Discovery to July to give engineers more time to deal with some potential safety concerns with the return to flight. Managers are concerned about ice building up on the shuttle external tank, which could fall off and damage the orbiter during take off. The shuttle will be rolled back to the assembly building to make additional improvements. NASA is currently targeting a launch window of July 13 to 31.

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2005-Sep-07, 09:15 AM
So large amounts of ice forms on the liquid oxygen tanks. Put a large amount of hheat generating wires, commonly know as "heaters", just under the surface. Isn't this the logical solution? Or has this already been looked at and is not worth pursuing?