A Major Malfunction: The Fateful Launch Of Challenger

Flashgordan2014: I am a bit disturb that one of the headings states “Defective Design” referring to the O-rings design. I don’t think it was ever meant to operate at those cold temperatures that January morning.



Credit: Spaceflight Safety Magazine.


2 thoughts on “A Major Malfunction: The Fateful Launch Of Challenger

  1. The major malfunction, in my humble opinion, associated with this accident and also with our later tragic Columbia accident, was the fact management did not listen to its engineers or recognize the hardware was “talking” to us. In both cases there was evidence of precursor failures and engineers raised warning flags that were ignored due to political and internally imposed pressure. We learned hard lessons with the first Shuttle failure. But it didn’t stop us from repeating our mistakes, thus leading to the next Shuttle failure. The concern now is, with our new generation of space engineers and scientists, will NASA and the commercial world retain this tragically learned knowledge and listen to its hardware and people when problems occur. Will they stop and question why it is safe to continue or demand that personnel prove it is not safe before action is taken? Is history doomed to repeat itself every other decade? Already we hear of small decisions being made which point in the “prove it’s not safe” direction, mostly due to budget pressure. It is hoped these are the exception, not the rule.

    • I agree AdminCadet. These new commercial space businesses should have a sign on every door stating what Winston Churchill said ““Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

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