Sunday, July 31, 2005

Who is minding the store at NASA

WaPo: NASA Weighed Redesigns for Shuttle's Foam

OK you know that the foam on the external tank posses a problem. You are given 2 and ½ years (or more) to solve that problem and you don't even look at one section the tank you know to be at risk. I say you haven't lived up to your job requirements and should get the boot. These guys at NASA will probably get to serve on another 2-year-long task force.
"After 2 1/2 years of testing, the foam shouldn't have come off. They should have done something to get that foam to stick," said Paul Czysz, a professor emeritus of aerospace and mechanical engineering at Saint Louis University. "I would have thought after 2 1/2 years it would have been solved."
The business of space flight needs to move into private hands. NASA has proven to be singularly incapable of redesigning a problem vehicle. (Of course the damn shuttle is so old it should just be scrapped)

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