NASA delays flight of Endeavor to avoid space jam

NASA is delaying its next space shuttle flight because of a Russian launch conflict.

Updated: Apr 05, 2011, 08:57 AM IST

Washington: NASA has postponed the launch of its Endeavor space shuttle by 10 days after a scheduling conflict with Russia`s Progress space freighter.

NASA announced the postponement Monday following talks with the Russian Space Agency and other space station partners over the weekend, RIA Novosti reported.

"The delay removes a scheduling conflict with a Russian Progress supply vehicle scheduled to launch April 27 and arrive at the station April 29," NASA said on its website.

"The launch of space shuttle Endeavor`s STS-134 mission (has been targeted) for 3.47 pm on Friday, April 29."

The exact time of Endeavor`s liftoff will be set April 19.

Endeavor will deliver a $2 billion particle detector to be mounted outside the ISS. This will be Endeavour`s final flight and the next-to-last shuttle mission.