The countdown has resumed for Space Shuttle Endeavour’s launch, now scheduled for Monday, May 16 at 8:56 a.m.  CTTechJunkie will be heading back down to Florida for the launch.

The original April 29th launch date was scrubbed after the failure of auxiliary power unit heaters.  The problem was traced to a load control unit that needed to be replaced, requiring the retesting of all subsystems that connected to the unit.  The only immediate concern for the Monday morning launch is the weather, currently forecasted to be 70% favorable for launch.  Weather needs to be acceptable not only at the launch site, but also at emergency landing sites in Spain and France. 

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, wife of Endeavour Commander Mark Kelly,  is expected to once again be in attendance to watch the launch.  President Barack Obama, who visited Kennedy Space Center shortly after the launch scrub, will not be returning.  A group of Shelton High School students who have an experiment on Endeavour will not make the trip this time but will be watching the launch from the school.

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Lon Seidman is the host and producer of “Lon.TV,” a consumer technology video show that is on a number of platforms including YouTube and Amazon. He creates in-depth, consumer-friendly product reviews and commentary. His YouTube channel has over 300,000 subscribers and more than 100 million views.

In addition to being a full-time content creator, Lon is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Hartford (his alma mater) where he teaches a course in entrepreneurial content creation.

Prior to becoming a full-time creator, Lon was a partner at The Safety Zone, his family’s business that manufactures gloves and safety equipment. The company has locations around the globe and employs over 200 people worldwide. The Safety Zone was acquired by the Genuine Parts Corporation in 2016.

Lon is also active in public service, serving as the Chairman of the Essex Board of Education, a member of the Region 4 Board of Education, and as the Secretary / Treasurer of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education. He was endorsed by both Democrats and Republicans for his re-election in 2021.

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