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Remembrance is Not Enough

“Do good work” – Virgil Ivan “Gus” Grissom This January 30 has been designated ‘Remembrance Day’ in honor of the astronauts who lost their lives in the Apollo 1, Challenger, and Columbia accidents.   It is altogether fitting that we … Continue reading

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Messy Accidents

Messy Failure “…the messy interior of engineering practice, which after the accident investigation looks like ‘an accident waiting to happen’ is nothing more than ‘normal technology.’ Normal technology…is unruly.” – Dr. Diane Vaughn “Challenger Launch Decision” (Chapter 6: Engineering Culture) … Continue reading

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The Ancient and Honorables

Friday was a busy day for me and I was off comm most of the day with meetings and whatnot. At the end of the day, I hustled over to the Saturn V barn at JSC to help with a … Continue reading

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Von Braun Symposium speech Oct. 29, 2015

Wayne Hale Speech at Von Braun Symposium October 29, 2015 First Slide – Pluto Limb from New Horizons In his 1950 book ‘Interplanetary Flight: An Introduction to Astronautics’, Arthur C. Clarke wrote: “the choice, as H. G. Wells once said, … Continue reading

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How to Avoid Train Wrecks

There has been a recent renewal of interest in a post I made five years ago “The Coming Train Wreck for Commercial Human Spaceflight”   https://waynehale.wordpress.com/2010/11/14/the-coming-train-wreck-for-commercial-human-spaceflight/ If you find that interesting perhaps you should read my post on Standards from just … Continue reading

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Specific Plans

“A long term strategy and corresponding plans must also be developed . . . a set of notional milestones, launches, and hardware developments that are sufficiently defined so as to allow a cost estimate” – NASA Advisory Council finding April … Continue reading

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Pilot Error is Never Root Cause

Most accidents originate in actions committed by reasonable, rational individuals who were acting to achieve an assigned task in what they perceived to be a responsible and professional manner. — Peter Harle, Director of Accident Prevention,Transportation Safety Board of Canada … Continue reading

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