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After 2003, I thought safety was #1

by JP Bill / June 17, 2006 2:47 PM PDT
NASA Sets July 1 for Launch Of Shuttle

CAPE CANAVERAL, June 17 -- NASA managers on Saturday picked July 1 to launch a space shuttle for the first time in almost a year, despite recommendations against a liftoff by the space agency's chief engineer and safety offices

During a poll of top managers meeting at Kennedy Space Center, representatives from NASA's Office of Safety and Mission Assurance and Office of the Chief Engineer recommended against flying until more design changes are made to the external fuel tank. Despite their recommendations, the dissenting managers did not object to making a launch, NASA officials said, and the final decision was made by NASA Administrator Michael D. Griffin

The most contentious debate focused on whether the shuttle's external tank should undergo further changes in 34 areas called ice-frost ramps. About 35 pounds of foam have already been removed from an area of the tank where a 1-pound piece fell off during last July's launch of Discovery.

Representatives from NASA's safety and chief engineer offices said at the meeting that the shuttle should not fly until the ice-frost ramps are redesigned. A large piece of foam from the external tank struck a wing of Columbia during its launch in 2003, allowing fiery gases to enter the shuttle and kill the seven-member crew during descent.

They recommend against a "liftoff" and "flying" BUT didn't object to launch.

Is it possible to launch without flying?

I mean a successful launch, that is the objective, isn't it?

"recommend against" and "object"

I wonder which term has the most weight?
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I guess the sponsors
by Gakada / June 17, 2006 4:36 PM PDT

want it, no matter what..

Have a nice weekend guys..

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Looks to me like they wanted their objections on record...
by EdH / June 18, 2006 4:29 AM PDT

but aren't willing to fight to get the launch scrubbed.

There's a lot about the Shuttle's design that I don't like but I still want them to launch them until they retire it.

Space travel will always involve risk. It will be a long time before it's routine.

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