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'm at the FAA Industry day for Space Traffic Management. COMSTAC starts after lunch. Beautiful fall day that I will miss out on 1 hour ago
- Regretfully the discussion of spacecraft accidents seems to be too glib. Complex systems fail in complex ways. Avoid simplified solutions. 2 hours ago
- RT @GrandCanyonNPS: "October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sig… 5 hours ago
- RT @NASAhistory: #OTD in 2007—the 1st time 2 women led 2 spacecraft that docked together, ISS cmdr @AstroPeggy Whitson (L) & Shuttle cmdr @… 20 hours ago
- I'm at the FAA Industry day for Space Traffic Management. COMSTAC starts after lunch. Beautiful fall day that I will miss out on 1 day ago
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This week’s crash of a commuter train in New Jersey plus other recent events got me thinking about the lessons I have learned the hard way through several accident investigations. One of the toughest parts of investigating an accident is … Continue reading
The NASA JSC chapter of the NASA Alumni League (the retiree’s association) has been trying to get me to be the president of the chapter for years. I enjoy the organization but did not want to put in the time … Continue reading
When I was a boy, world was better spot What was so was so, what was not was not Now, I am a man, world have changed a lot Some things nearly so, others nearly not There are times I … Continue reading
The retired aircraft that is serving as a sign for the Mojave airport deserves some notice. It was absolutely critical to the safe landing of the space shuttle. Here is why. No other aircraft put as much stress on … Continue reading
“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
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