Slipping schedules

2019-03-07 05:15:07

NASA’s space shuttle fleet escaped damage from Hurricane Floyd. But the evacuation of Cape Canaveral during the storm, as well as ongoing work to repair the shuttles’ faulty wiring (New Scientist, 4 September, p 23), means that launch schedules are certain to slip. NASA had planned to send a shuttle to the Hubble Space Telescope in October to replace faulty gyroscopes. It now says that there will be no launches before 19 November. A shuttle could fly earlier, but NASA does not want to have one in orbit during the Leonid meteor shower,