quote: NASA management pulled out the booster specs and asked the contractor if their product met its requirements. The contractor said yes, without consulting their engineering team or the NASA booster engineering team. ....As far as I can tell, NONE of the people in the room were aware of the lack of qualification testing..... And the decision was made IN THAT ROOM. The people there were NOT politicians.
quote: But that would make no sense heh, the shuttle is as complex as it is exactly because it's reusable. A non re-usable vehicle would have been cheaper to build.
quote: The shuttle was a fantastic design well ahead of it's time. It's proved itself.
quote: Some of us grew up watching it launch and dreamed of going to the stars ourselves, so stop trying to piss on the parade here and show some respect.
quote: Columbia was the only true accident, and that was from foam falling off.