CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Computer trouble and bad weather forced NASA on Monday to delay the launch of space shuttle Endeavour on a quest to create the most accurate map of Earth ever produced.
Launch managers said they would try again today, but only if the computer problem can be solved quickly. Liftoff time would be 12:44 p.m.
Program manager Ron Dittemore said the launch would have to be delayed a week to replace the computerized unit, called a master events controller.
It is a critical component. Two identical controllers are on board, and both are needed to send signals to ignite the two solid rocket boosters at liftoff and to later separate the boosters and external fuel tank from the shuttle.
The mission is already four months late because of damaged wiring that had to be fixed on Endeavour and the other shuttles.