Sunday, June 14, 2009


Shuttle update: Normally I don't follow shuttle updates hour-by-hour, but as I'm waiting in sunny Florida for launch news, it's appropriate. Just in from the Sunday PM NASA briefing, here's the skinny: preparations for both the STS-127 AND LRO (Atlas) launches, both currently aiming for the 17th of June, continue in parallel. Sometime tomorrow the shuttle team hopes to make a determination . The priority will likely go to the shuttle, as with a shuttle-first launch order it gives the agency an additional opportunity to get LRO off the ground (due to range turnaround constraints). This would give the shuttle a try on Weds AM (17th), and LRO opportunities on the 20th and 21st (and possibly the 19th). If the order is reversed, LRO would lose one chance. We'll see tomorrow- stay tuned!

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