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NASA SETS NEW SPACE SHUTTLE LAUNCH



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Allard Beutel
Headquarters, Washington                    Oct. 29, 2004
(Phone: 202/358-4769)

RELEASE: 04-363

NASA SETS NEW SPACE SHUTTLE LAUNCH PLANNING WINDOW

     After an extensive review, NASA is planning its Return to 
Flight Space Shuttle mission, designated STS-114, for a launch 
window that opens in May 2005. 

NASA's Space Flight Leadership Council met today to consider a 
recommendation from the Space Shuttle Program to revise the 
Return to Flight target launch window to May 2005. The council 
endorsed the recommendation the May window, which opens from 
May 12 to June 3, 2005, is achievable. 

The agency was working toward a launch planning window that 
opens in March 2005, before a series of hurricanes impacted 
operations at multiple NASA facilities. NASA's Kennedy Space 
Center, Fla., Marshall Space Flight Center, Ala., Stennis Space 
Center, Miss., and Michoud Assembly Facility, La., all 
experienced shutdowns in preparation for one or more of the 
four hurricanes in August and September, resulting in delays on 
Return to Flight work.

"After four hurricanes in a row impacted our centers and our 
workers, it became clear, we needed to step back and evaluate 
the work in respect to the launch planning date," said William 
Readdy, Space Flight Leadership Council co-chair and associate 
administrator for Space Operations. "We asked the program to go 
back and evaluate May, and they reported the milestones are 
lining up. The May launch planning window is based on solid 
analysis and input from across all elements of the program," he 
said.

NASA's Space Flight Leadership Council is co-chaired by Readdy 
and Walt Cantrell, deputy chief engineer for the agency's 
Independent Technical Authority. The council 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.

Videotaped sound bites from an interview with Readdy, with 
related b-roll, will feed on NASA TV beginning with the 6 p.m. 
EDT Video File. NASA TV is available on the Web and via 
satellite in the continental U.S. on AMC-6, Transponder 9C, C-
Band, at 72 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 
MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 
MHz. In Alaska and Hawaii, NASA TV is available on AMC-7, 
Transponder 18C, C-Band, at 137 degrees west longitude. The 
frequency is 4060.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is 
monaural at 6.80 MHz. 

For NASA TV information and schedules on the Internet, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

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

www.nasa.gov/returntoflight

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