Shuttle Launch Scrubbed Again

Ground Umbilial Carrier Plate, or GUCP. Photo Credit: NASA TV

Ground Umbilial Carrier Plate, or GUCP. Photo Credit: NASA TV

NASA:

Space shuttle managers have scrubbed Discovery’s launch attempt for today due to a hydrogen leak a the Ground Umbilical Carrier Plate, or GUCP (pronounced GUP). The next launch attempt would be no earlier than Monday.

During the process of filling the external tank, the hydrogen leak was detected at the GUCP, an attachment point between the external tank and a 17-inch pipe that carries gaseous hydrogen safely away from Discovery to the flare stack, where it is burned off.

This will be Discovery‘s last flight.

Comments

  1. Why does this cable assembly need its own retarded acronym? This is why no one knows WTF NASA is doing anymore.

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  3. NASA has a history of fumbling around with acronyms. There was an old story about the first proposed acronym for the saturn program launch umbilical tower. That first proposal was S.L.U.T. It apparently took a bit for those involved to realize what they were proposing…..

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