Feeds

Shuttle grounded

Here we go again...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

High performance access to file storage

Sadly, Shuttle did not launch yesterday.

NASA says that a faulty fuel gauge is to blame - it showed a fuel tank to be nearly empty, when in fact in was nearly full. This could cause the engines to cut out at the wrong point of the Shuttle's ascent, mission controllers explained, which would, clearly, not be a good thing.

NASA is working to find out what caused the fault, and to correct it.

No new date has been set for a launch, but it is thought unlikely that Shuttle will lift off before Monday.

Since this seems to be happening with alarming regularity, we are considering setting up a template "Shuttle hasn't launched" story. Readers will be able to choose from a variety of reasons for the failed launch. For example:

"Shuttle launch was delayed for 10 minutes/ten hours/ten days/indefinitely after engineers discovered a pigeon/tile/astronaut had built a nest in the conning tower/got a screw loose/got a screw loose and built a nest in the conning tower"....

Our thanks to Charles Arthur for the very witty suggestion. ®

Related stories

Return to flight: the countdown begins
Shuttle is go for launch
Hurricane Dennis menaces Shuttle

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Fancy joining Reg hack on quid-a-day challenge?
Recruiting now for charity starvation diet
Red-faced LOHAN team 'fesses up in blown SPEARS fuse fiasco
Standing in the corner, big pointy 'D' hats
KILLER SPONGES menacing California coastline
Surfers are safe, crustaceans less so
Opportunity selfie: Martian winds have given the spunky ol' rover a spring cleaning
Power levels up 70 per cent as the rover keeps on truckin'
Discovery time for 200m WONDER MATERIALS shaved from 4 MILLENNIA... to 4 years
Alloy, Alloy: Boffins in speed-classification breakthrough
Elon Musk's LEAKY THRUSTER gas stalls Space Station supply run
Helium seeps from Falcon 9 first stage, delays new legs for NASA robonaut
Top Secret US payload launched into space successfully
Clandestine NRO spacecraft sets off on its unknown mission
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.