Xah Lee's Unixism
roo at try-removing-this.darkboong.demon.co.uk
Sat Sep 4 10:14:54 CEST 2004
Larry Elmore wrote:
> Rupert Pigott wrote:
> "Competition for the SRB Contract"
> "Four companies bid for the contract to design and manufacture the solid
> rocket boosters (SRBs). Aerojet Solid bid the program at $655 million,
> United Technologies at $710 million, Morton Thiokol at $710 million, and
> Lockheed at $714 million. All the bids were relatively similar in both
> price and technology. Based on cost, the NASA advisory panel recommended
> that the contract be awarded to Aerojet; they believed that money could
> be saved without sacrificing technical quality by choosing the lowest
> bid. NASA administrator Dr. James Fletcher overruled this recommendation
Even if hypothetically superior Aerojet boosters were used I would
bet a life's salary that mismanagement would nail them in the end...
Consider this : If the tables were turned and an Aerojet booster
exploded in the sky I'll bet the armchair QBs would be asking why
were Aerojet chosen over Morton-Thiokol who had more experience of
building large solid-fuel rockets.
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