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Originally posted by GoldEagle
Did they propose how they are going to solve the foam problem?
Anybody wondering why Discovery is now the next launch and not Atlantis??? Hmmm.
One benefit of the launch delay is that NASA can now use Discovery for the next mission instead of Atlantis as originally planned. The original plan called for Atlantis to be used for the second and third post-Columbia missions, in large part because Atlantis is lighter than Discovery and the third payload is made up of heavy solar array components.
"Now we can switch the launch order," Gerstenmaier said. "Instead of going Atlantis-Atlantis and having to turn that same vehicle around, we can now go Discovery, Atlantis and then back to Discovery and that's a much better overall flight sequence."
Ever wonder why this platform is permanently problematic... is this by design? Or lack of design? Or has there been a better "black" design in use for a long time...