NASA’s Discovery Space Shuttle’s space trip has been delayed to Wednesday after some leakage was detected in the ships right-side orbital maneuvering system rocket pod.
The space shuttle was originally slated to take off from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Monday but due to the technical obstructions, the launch has been delayed by a day.
In a statement NASA stated, "Kennedy Space Center worked overnight to repair quick-disconnect fittings in the system used to pressurize space shuttle Discovery's right Orbital Maneuvering System rocket engine,”
Though the technicians made good progress, they were behind the deadline, the statement added.
What went wrong?
Originally, the Discovery space shuttle was to be launched on Monday, but when nitrogen and helium leaks were detected from the OMS pod of the right-side of the ship, the engineers decided to replace the fittings, and postpone the launch.
The engineers completed their work early Saturday and then began a series of tests. They then started the helium repressurization process that takes about 6 hours and this was followed by the restoration of flight pressure, a 16-hour process.
And so the NASA management decided to give more time to its engineers and the launch was pushed to Wednesday.
“The plan as we knew it yesterday was to vent down the tank and replace some parts we thought were faulty on an air-half coupling on our right-hand OMS maneuvering system pod and then do some leak checks," Spaulding said.
“We did remove and replace the air-half coupling and the ground-half coupling that we talked about yesterday, the parts that were faulty, and we've done some initial leak checks on those and also some moisture samples. And all of those came back good,” he said.
This would be the space shuttle’s 39th mission. The task is to transport a loaded cargo storage module to the International Space Station (ISS), along with a spare set of cooling system radiators that will be mounted on the lab's main power truss.
NASA has started a tweetup competition on Twitter and some lucky ones have been invited to witness the launch of Discovery on Wednesday and they would also tour NASA and meet its staff.
If Discovery is launched on Wednesday, it would dock at ISS on Friday by 12:36 p.m. It is expected to land back at the Kennedy Space Center at 9:59 a.m. on Nov. 14.
Twitters users may get chance to see Wednesday’s launch
NASA has started a tweetup contest on Twitter and some lucky ones have been invited to witness the launch of Discovery on Wednesday and they would also tour NASA and meet its staff.
Joel Glickman, a professor at Hudson Valley Community College and Phylise Banner, a creative instructional strategist, this experience would be special.