Xah Lee's Unixism

jmfbahciv at aol.com jmfbahciv at aol.com
Mon Sep 6 13:26:22 CEST 2004

In article <871xhgh8im.fsf at k9.prep.synonet.com>,
   Paul Repacholi <prep at prep.synonet.com> wrote:
>Nick Landsberg <SPAMhukolauTRAP at SPAMworldnetTRAP.att.net> writes:
>>> Indeed, it could have failed in a way entirely unique to
>>> itself... :) The O-Ring thing had been identified, was preventable
>>> and should have been prevented. Sure, perhaps the design did suck,
>>> but the point is the whole disaster was trivially avoidable if the
>>> people running the show were willing to grasp the nettle.
>> Since we're so far off-topic here anyway ...
>> It has been so many years since the Challenger disaster that memory
>> fades (especially at my age), so bear with me if a misremember
>> something.
>> As I recall, the particular launch happened during an unusual cold
>> spell in Florida.  I also recall that the investigation uncovered
>> strong recommendations by several senior engineers, prior to launch,
>> that the launch should be postponed because the system (shuttle and
>> boosters) had never been launched during those kinds of weather
>> conditions.  (It could very well be that they might have pointed out
>> the O-rings specifically, but I don't recall.)  Some
>> managementcritter at some level (probably in NASA) ignored or
>> overruled those recommendations.  I can only conjecture that this
>> was because that the prevailing culture (in most corporations, then
>> and now) is "we have to meet our schedules."
>Grab a copy of `Genius', Gleiks bio of RF and read the end chapters
>and note what was `leaked' to him.
>Before the launch, it was known that they where colder than any
>previous launch, and that the seal erosion problems they worried about
>where wose in colder conditions.
>The engineers wanted to holdm but that would have meant Ronny Raygun
>could not grandstand on TV, so N.A.S.A.

Somebody just wrote in another newsgroup that the two pilots
of the shuttle used to sit in ejectable seats but the others
didn't.  So politically correct equal employment opportunity
PHBs eliminated the ejections because it wasn't fair to rest of 
the crew.

There is something wrong with this logic.


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