But that's a big "if," said space shuttle program manager Wayne Hale.Read on over at
Engineers are still are working out problems with the external fuel tank and other details.
"I remain optimistic that if we fly by this summer, we will be able to get three flights off," Hale said at a news conference. "But time will tell. This is not like the railroad."
In a best case scenario, shuttles would fly in May, July and November. Sticking to a May launch schedule for Discovery, though, doesn't give NASA much time to fix any major technical problems that might pop up, said NASA launch director Mike Leinbach.
NASA wants to do three Shuttle flights this year
Posted on Thursday, March 02 2006 @ 15:02 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Space Shuttle Program Manager Wayne Hale says NASA will try for three shuttle flights in 2006 if the space agency is able to launch shuttle Discovery in May or July.