NASA is reviewing a problem with coolant hoses that could force a delay to the planned Feb. 7 launch of Endeavour.
“We’re still targeting Feb. 7, but it has the potential to do that,” said Allard Beutel, a Kennedy Space Center spokesman. “We are looking at this as an issue.”
The ammonia coolant lines were to be attached to the Tranquility module, which is due to be delivered to the launch pad and installed in the shuttle next week, during one of three spacewalks.
But the hoses have experienced failures during pre-flight tests this week by a California supplier, and replacements are not readily available.