Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
  Space Travel News  


Subscribe free to our newsletters via your




















SHUTTLE NEWS
Leaking seal may have scrubbed shuttle

disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only
by Staff Writers
Cape Canaveral, Fla. (UPI) Nov 12, 2010
A misaligned seal may have caused a hydrogen gas leak that canceled space shuttle Discovery's launch attempt Nov. 5, officials said.

Technicians conducting repairs removed a metal plate and assembly that connect a gas vent line to the shuttle's external tank.

The vent line routes excess hydrogen to a flare stack to be burned off a safe distance from the vehicle, Florida Today reported.

A flight seal that remains on the tank after liftoff was found to be misaligned, the newspaper said.

During fueling in advance of last week's intended launch, a "significant" and potentially dangerous leak of gaseous hydrogen was detected where the vent line attaches to the tank.

Replacement of the seal, a quick-disconnect device and the vent line attachment plates was expected to be completed Friday.

Discovery's new seven-day launch window for what will be its final mission will begin Nov. 30, NASA said.



Share This Article With Planet Earth
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit
YahooMyWebYahooMyWeb GoogleGoogle FacebookFacebook



Related Links
Shuttle at NASA
Watch NASA TV via Space.TV
Space Shuttle News at Space-Travel.Com



Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News


SHUTTLE NEWS
Discovery ET Issues Increase With New Cracks
KSC FL (SPX) Nov 11, 2010
Overnight, crews removed space shuttle Discovery's ground umbilical carrier assembly, or GUCA, which includes the flight seal, the 7-inch quick disconnect, or QD and the carrier plate, known as the GUCP, as they continue working to investigate the leak. Teams performed an initial inspection of the flight seal and quick disconnect prior to sending them to labs for a thorough inspection. Dat ... read more







SHUTTLE NEWS
NASA plans Alaska satellite launch

ILS Proton Launches Lightsquared Satellite

Russia Launches Advanced US Telecom Satellite

ULA Launches 350th Delta

SHUTTLE NEWS
Driving Through A Field Of Small Craters

Light And Dark In The Phoenix Lake

Breaking The Ice In Antarctica

A Strategy To Search For Life On Mars

SHUTTLE NEWS
A Softer Landing on the Moon

New Analysis Explains Formation Of Lunar Farside Bulge

New type of moon rock identified

Moon Express Enters $30 Million Google Lunar X PRIZE Competition

SHUTTLE NEWS
Kuiper Belt Of Many Colors

Reaching The Mid-Mission Milestone On The Way To Pluto

New Horizons Student Dust Counter Instrument Breaks Distance Record

Nitrogen Methane Dominate Icy Surface Of Eris

SHUTTLE NEWS
Eartly Dust Tails Point To Alien Worlds

U.K. astronomers see 'snooker' star system

e2v To Develop Image Sensors For PLATO Exoplanet Mission

Solar Systems Like Ours May Be Common

SHUTTLE NEWS
NASA Test Fires New Rocket Engine for Commercial Space Vehicle

Rocketdyne To Perform Risk-Reduction Tests On 3GRB Engine

SpaceShipTwo designer Rutan retiring

Acceptance Testing On Second R-4D Development Engine Completed

SHUTTLE NEWS
Chinese Female Taikonaut Identified

Tiangong Space Lab Spurs China Space PR Blitz

China Announces Success Of Chang'e-2 Lunar Probe Mission

China launching spacecraft at record rate

SHUTTLE NEWS
Primordial Dry Ice Fuels Comet Jets

EPOXI Reveals Comet Hartley 2

Flight Of The Comet

Flyby Observations To Offer Insight On Comet Nucleus


The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2010 - SpaceDaily. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement