[FPSPACE] Shuttle RTF DELAYED TO May 2005

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Subject: NASA LEADERS WEIGH IMPACT OF HURRICANES ON RETURN TO FLIGHT PLANS

Melissa Mathews/Allard Beutel
Headquarters, Washington                     Oct. 1, 2004
(Phone: 202/358-1272/4769)

RELEASE: 04-328

NASA LEADERS WEIGH IMPACT OF HURRICANES ON RETURN TO FLIGHT PLANS

     NASA is working to determine how four hurricanes that affected several
centers this year will impact efforts to return the Space Shuttle to flight.
The agency has been working toward a launch-planning window that opens in
March 2005. 

Top officials in NASA's human space flight program met today. 
They determined the March-April window is no longer achievable. 
The Space Flight Leadership Council met in an executive session at NASA's
Johnson Space Center, Houston. The council directed the Space Shuttle
Program to assess how it would meet Return to Flight milestones for the next
available launch window, which opens May 14, 2005. The Shuttle program will
present its analysis at a late October leadership council meeting.

"More than a year ago, we set out a specific plan for Return to Flight with
specific milestones. Right now, those milestones are pointing us toward a
new launch window," said William Readdy, NASA's associate administrator for
Space Operations. "I am proud of our Shuttle team for taking good care of
our orbiters during this terrible storm season. I am pleased they are taking
the time to make a careful assessment of the hurricanes' impact. Their
thoroughness will help us make the right decision," he said. 

During this year's Atlantic hurricane season, four storms affected four NASA
facilities in the southeastern United States. Thankfully, no workers were
injured and no spacecraft or hardware damaged. However, Hurricanes Charley,
Frances, and Jeanne closed down NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., for
approximately nine days and damaged several facilities. 
Hurricane Ivan caused shorter closures at NASA's Stennis Space Center,
Miss.; Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.; and the Michoud
Assembly Facility, New Orleans. Many NASA workers and contractors are still
coping with damage to their homes and other impacts on their families.
 

NASA's Space Flight Leadership Council is co-chaired by Readdy and Walter
Cantrell, deputy chief engineer for the Independent Technical Authority. The
council also includes the directors for NASA's four space operations
centers; Chief Officer for Safety and Mission Assurance Bryan O'Connor; and
Deputy Associate Administrator for International Space Station and Space
Shuttle Programs, Michael Kostelnik.

For more information on NASA's Return to Flight efforts, visit:

www.nasa.gov/returntoflight

For information about NASA and agency programs on the Internet,
visit:

http://www.nasa.gov


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