After the successful Apollo series NASA formulated a new vision for the space program, with a space station and guaranteed routine access to space on a reusable space shuttle. In 1986, the space shuttle design consisted of two solid-rocket launcher, the use of O-rings to seal the joints required. After every start of the launchers were retrieved, reviewed and possibly re-used it will not be displayed evidence for O-ring distress. The Space Shuttle Challenger had flown 9 successful missi … Read more »

After the successful Apollo series NASA formulated a new vision for the space program, with a space station and guaranteed routine access to space on a reusable space shuttle. In 1986, the space shuttle design consisted of two solid-rocket launcher, the use of O-rings to seal the joints required. After every start of the launchers were retrieved, reviewed and possibly re-used it will not be displayed evidence for O-ring distress. The Space Shuttle Challenger had flown 9 successful missions into space and was gearing up for its tenth with great fanfare through successful public relations program of NASA, “The Teacher in Space Program.” The night before 28 January 1986 start saw representatives of the Kennedy Space Center, Marshall Space Flight Center and contractor Morton Thiokol participate in a 3-hour conference call to discuss if the predicted low temperatures would not affect the expected performance have the O-rings. In addition to the statistical analysis of historical O-ring failure, the participants had to, to communicate their results in the appropriate flow of information.
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John G. Wilson,
Chris K. Anderson
Source: Ivey Publishing
6 pages.
Release date: 07 Begin May 2009. Prod #: 909E09-PDF-ENG
Space Shuttle HBR case solution