IndependenceThis blog represents the personal opinions of Wayne Hale only. It does not represent the opinions of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration or Special Aerospace Services, or their clients.
- Very sad news from California. No words. Prayers only 2 hours ago
- Bad things seem to come in threes. What's next? 3 hours ago
- Voting (early) on Halloween seems very appropriate. Trick or treat? 7 hours ago
- Getting calls from old acquaintances in the space beat media. Wonder why? 7 hours ago
- USN Blue Angels practicing at Ellington for the Wings over Houston airshow. Making it hard to concentrate on work! 1 day ago
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It was about a quarter past midnight on July 23, 1999 when the Ralph Roe, the Shuttle Launch Director, told Eileen’s crew that they were go for launch and wished them good luck. The launch, which had been scrubbed late … Continue reading
Even though we sometimes hated them, the training teams that prepared mission control and the astronauts for every flight are real heroes. Without their efforts, all of us flight controllers would have believed we knew everything there was to know … Continue reading
In the early days of rocketry, when subsystems reliability was low, hard experience led designers to add redundancy for critical functions where they could. Redundancy comes at a cost: increased weight, increased complexity, unintended interactions, complex schemes to manage the … Continue reading
Calling it Rocket Science is, of course, a misnomer. Science provided the background but today it is definitely Rocket Engineering. Scientists and Engineers mix together like, well, cats and dogs. Friendly détente some days, not so much other days. … Continue reading
Some time back I started to tell the story of the most interesting shuttle launch: STS-93. I think it is time to return to that topic. To understand what happened, some background is necessary. If this is too engineering-geeky for … Continue reading
When I first heard that the Houston Grand Opera proposed to produce an opera about the Columbia disaster, I was appalled. If HGO wanted a spaceflight opera, it would better be the moon landing of Apollo 11; or the … Continue reading