Skip to comments.Miscommunication cited in shuttle launch STS-107 Columbia
Posted on 04/09/2003 8:13:22 AM PDT by NormsRevengeEdited on 04/13/2004 3:30:54 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
HOUSTON - A communications breakdown, a flawed analysis and a false sense of security may have led NASA to incorrectly assess the damage done by a piece of foam that struck Columbia during its launch, an accident investigation board said.
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The bigger problem is what to do in flight when this happens again. Bet it makes the shuttle obsolete economically.
Remember that the shuttle fleet is flying into the unknown. Mercury-Gemini-Apollo used single-flight spacecraft, so longevity of service was not an issue. No other manned spacecraft has made multiple trips to space, and we will find unexpected wear and tear on the shuttle - despite NASA's best efforts.
Bet it makes the shuttle obsolete economically. I think the shuttle already is obsolete economically. It is just that there is no will within NASA to replace it at this time.
I remember a special on one of the cable channels about a typical launch process, and I distinctly remember the weather officer and his pony tail down to his shoulders. Tell me that was acceptable in the good old days when it really mattered.
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