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.
- I expect heavy traffic this time of year but nutty driving appears to be at an all time high! Be careful out there and take your time. 5 hours ago
- RT @MarkKirkman: Cool! Still a very small club! RT @Carbon_Flight Congrats to newest cert'd Flight Director, #84, Jeff Radigan Call sign "… 21 hours ago
- Triumph for Indian space program-good test for upcoming manned flight. they may beat the US in building indigenous new human spacecraft! 2 days ago
- Thus endeth my last scheduled airline flight of 2014. May my carbon footprint be smaller in the new year to come! 3 days ago
- Ok, I get it - misspelled MSFC. Took some puzzling over that. 4 days ago
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Today is the day in America that we set aside to count our blessings and give thanks for all the good that is in our lives. So I will set aside my curmudgeonly ways and ignore the future and all … Continue reading
During the summer of 2009, we were working on the history book about the Space Shuttle, ‘Wings in Orbit’. We had hired three summer interns, college students, to help with the book. Their primary assignments were to build the appendices, … Continue reading
Just about exactly 10 years ago I was serving as the Deputy Program Manager for the Space Shuttle Program. Columbia had been lost a year and a half earlier and we were all trying our best to return the Space … Continue reading
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