TRUTH, LIES AND O-RINGS: INSIDE THE SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER DISASTER

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  • 1. TRUTH, LIES AND O-RINGS: INSIDE THE SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER DISASTER Presented by : Allan J. McDonald Aerospace Consultant & Author ATK Thiokol (Retired) Former Director Space Shuttle SRM Project :

2. TWO LOST SPACE SHUTTLESSTS-51LChallenger Launch: January 28, 1986 Time: 16:38 GMT STS-107Columbia Launch: January 16, 2003 Time: 15:39 GMT 3. PRE-LAUNCH ICE ON PAD 4. FIRST EVIDENCE OF JOINT LEAK Leak atT + 0.678 SecondsLIFTOFF 5. JOINT LEAK REOPENS IN FLIGHT Joint Leak RestartsT + 59 SecondsJoint Plume Visible T + 60 Seconds MAXIMUM DYNAMIC PRESSURE AND WIND SHEAR 6. T PLUS 78 SECONDS: DEBRIS Orbiter Wing SSME Pod Crew Cabin Recovered RH SRBAft Field Joint 7. DUPLICATION OF CHALLENGER JOINTFAILURE

  • LIFTOFF @T+0.678 sec.JES-1B TEST @T+0.600 sec.
  • (T+0.600 sec.)

8. PREMONITION OF COLUMBIA 2003

  • STS-26R return to flight withDiscovery : a debris wake-up call(September 1988)
  • STS-27RAtlantis : a scary ascent and return(December 1988)

9. COLUMBIA ACCIDENT & VERIFICATION February 1, 2003 Approx. 9:00 a.m. EST ColumbiaDebris During Re-entry Bi-Pod Ramp Foam Impact Test on RCC 10. STS-51L AND STS-107 CREW Lest We Forget! 11.

  • BOOK PUBLISHED BY THE UNIVERSITY PRESS OF FLORIDA MARCH 2009

12. BOOK THEME

  • While the underlying content surrounds rocket science, its a story that chronicles the events, activities, and decisions surrounding a major historical event in U.S. history.The book contains information about:
          • Politics
          • Whistle-blowing and retribution
          • Space science history
          • Tragedy
          • Colossal failures
          • Values, professional ethics, and integrity
          • Bureaucratic cover-up
          • Perseverance and dedication
          • Recovery and rewards
          • Lessons learned but forgotten

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