July 13, 2005
Launch is scrubbed
1:32 p.m. - Launch Director Mike Leinbach has scrubbed the launch for today. One of four low-level fuel cutoff sensors is not functioning properly.
Today's Return to Flight launch of Space Shuttle Discovery has been postponed due to an issue with a low-level fuel cutoff sensor onboard the vehicle. The sensor protects an orbiter's main engines by triggering them to shut down in the event fuel runs unexpectedly low. Mission managers are currently assessing the problem. More information will be announced as it becomes available.
Launch director Mike Leinbach radioed Discovery commander Eileen Collins in announcing the scrub: "The vehicle, the ECO sensors, for some reason did not behave today, so we are going to have to scrub this launch attempt. So once we develop our scrub turnaround plan we'll get that back to you. I appreciate all we have been through together, but this one is not going to result in a launch attempt today."
Posted by george_whitesides at July 13, 2005 01:37 PM