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About waynehale

Wayne Hale is retired from NASA after 32 years. In his career he was the Space Shuttle Program Manager or Deputy for 5 years, a Space Shuttle Flight Director for 40 missions, and is currently a consultant and full time grandpa. He is available for speaking engagements through Special Aerospace Services.

Miracle Workers

Scotty : Oh, you didn’t tell the captain how long it would really take, ya?  Oh, laddie. You’ve got a lot to learn if you want people to think of you as a miracle worker. In July of 2005 we … Continue reading

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Launch Fever

My entire professional career I have heard warnings about ‘launch fever’.  When a team works on a space project for a long time – months, years sometimes – pouring heart and sweat into it, launch day is the worst time.  … Continue reading

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Careful What You Ask For

Roy Estess was one of the smartest and best that I have ever met.  He spent most of his career testing large rocket engines at the NASA installation now known as the Stennis Space Center.  In fact, he became the … Continue reading

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STS-121: The Hardest Launch: Part 2 – Electrical Problems

  Now to return to a subject I have left pending for too long:  The STS-121 launch. We had three major problems to solve to get approval for the launch. I hate intermittent electrical problems.  It doesn’t matter whether they … Continue reading

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Memory Overload

Digging through my files I recently found an email which caught my attention: ===================================================================== From:  Larry A. Sent:  Thursday October 21, 2004 7:18 AM TO:  A whole bunch of people who are probably retired now Subject:  SMS Issue – SMS … Continue reading

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Fifteen Years

Two weeks ago, I participated in the NASA Remembrance Day and lessons learned activities which happen every year around February 1.  I believe it is very important to remember Dick Scobee, Gus Grissom, and Rick Husband and their crews; to … Continue reading

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Game Changing Technology

I’ve spent all week at the Langley Research Center in Virginia; there is much good work going on here.  We had no small number of discussion about ‘game changing technology’ without a good definition of what that phrase really means … Continue reading

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