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Miscommunication cited in shuttle launch STS-107 Columbia
SJ Mercury News ^
| Juan A. Lozano -AP
Posted on 04/09/2003 8:13:22 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
Edited on 04/13/2004 3:30:54 AM PDT by Jim Robinson.
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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KEYWORDS: caib; cited; launch; miscommunication; shuttle; sts107
To: bonesmccoy; XBob; Budge; tubebender
FYI .. posted on the Orbiter thread as well.
posted on 04/09/2003 8:19:46 AM PDT
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posted on 04/09/2003 8:20:25 AM PDT
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You have all the genius' in the country on this one and the spread sheet told them it was OK based on past ewmprical experience. Now they can add to the spread sheet what really will take down a shuttle.
The bigger problem is what to do in flight when this happens again. Bet it makes the shuttle obsolete economically.
posted on 04/09/2003 8:26:53 AM PDT
Reading between the lines from different news stories, I think there is also a problem of aging in the shuttle fleet. Columbia
was first launched 22 years ago, and despite the overhauls and maintenance it is still 22 years old. Time takes its toll.
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 I think the shuttle already is obsolete economically.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.
posted on 04/09/2003 9:03:50 AM PDT
With a program this old, you also get the B-team at the helm assuming that everything is OK because that is how it was always done.
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.
posted on 04/09/2003 9:09:32 AM PDT
ROTFC - (crying)
"Gehman said that although hindsight has revealed the analysis to be wrong, it doesn't mean the decision-making based on it was wrong at the time. "
The operation was a success, but the patient died.
If I had had a 10th grade student give me that analyses, I would have given him a D-. It was pathetic, and did not even address the major points, which were known at the time.
posted on 04/10/2003 2:14:24 PM PDT
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