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Ten Years After Columbia: Pennywise and Pound Foolish

“Relentless budget reduction pressures necessitate more dramatic program actions” – Brewster Shaw, Space Shuttle Program Manager, December 1994 Polls show that the general populace rates the Internal Revenue Service as the most disliked agency in the US Federal government.  Among … Continue reading

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Ten Years After Columbia: Balancing Work and Life

2002 was a tumultuous year in my personal life.  Last time I wrote about my work, my career, as a Space Shuttle Flight Director.  It was always more than a 40 hour a week job.  The question is how much … Continue reading

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After Ten Years – Dramatis Personae Part 1

Space Shuttle Program Management Council after Columbia In this picture from left to right:  Joyce Rozewski, Lee Norbraten, Sandy Coleman, Steve Doering, Jim Halsell, Dorothy Rasco, Bob Cabana, Steve Brettle, Dave Martin, Lambert Austin, Mike Wetmore, Bill Harris, Parker Counts, Ralph … Continue reading

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Ground Up Rendezvous

The recent success of SpaceX in sending their Dragon capsule to the International Space Station reminded me of the first Space Shuttle ground up rendezvous and the difficulties we had during that mission.  Of course we were planned it on … Continue reading

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After the Barn Burned Down

We have not journeyed all this way across the centuries, across the oceans, across the mountains, across the prairies, because we are made of sugar candy. –          Sir Winston Churchill in a speech to the Canadian Parliament.  Dec 30, 1941 … Continue reading

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