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Keith Broughton

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Re: Follow-up question regarding an unsafe venue
« Reply #40 on: January 06, 2019, 12:23:53 pm »

Google "Roger Boisjoly, Thiokol".  That man did everything he could to prevent that launch; he and his co-engineers were overruled by Thiokol who feared losing the NASA contract.  The boosters failed almost exactly as Boisjoly said they would.


I will look that up. Should be interesting.

The point I was trying to make is "it has worked OK so far" just doesn't cut it in the application of safety.
If we say something doesn't look safe and then continue to do the gig anyway, our credibility takes a hit.
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Re: Follow-up question regarding an unsafe venue
« Reply #41 on: January 06, 2019, 12:38:02 pm »

I will look that up. Should be interesting.

The point I was trying to make is "it has worked OK so far" just doesn't cut it in the application of safety.
If we say something doesn't look safe and then continue to do the gig anyway, our credibility takes a hit.

Keith, that was part of Boisjoly's argument to Thiokol managers - just because we had a previous low-temperature launch that didn't explode should not be taken as an indication it was safe.  In fact, it was another Thiokol engineer that found the prior launch was moments from catastrophic failure when the boosters ran out of fuel and separated; this was what precipitated the engineering team's desperately trying to get the Challenger launch postponed.

Dr Tony Kern (another name to Google) lectures on the ethics of professionalism and uses a great deal of Boisjoly's story in presentations to aviation and aerospace professionals.  It was working with Dr Kern that brought Boisjoly's actions into focus for me.

Those interested in ethics as they apply to professionalism should consider Kern's "Going Pro:  The Deliberate Practice of Professionalism" as an addition to the bookshelf.
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