Because Learning From Mistakes Is For Wusses
If I were an astronaut, I sure wouldn’t be thrilled to see stories like this showing up before my flight:
Nasa is to launch the space shuttle Discovery on 1July, despite warnings from senior safety officials and engineers that it is not safe to fly…
Safety officials said modifications carried out since the problem recurred a year ago were still not enough.
But managers decided to go ahead, insisting the crew was not at risk.
“There were very different viewpoints on the issue ofwhether we were ready to fly or not,” Nasa administrator MichaelGriffin told a news conference.
“I can’t possibly accept every recommendation given to me by every member of my staff, especially when they all don’t agree.”
Maybe not, but you could always make your default position to hold back from launching if a significant portion of your staff thinks going ahead would put lives at risk, no?
(For more background on why the Shuttle program is so screwed up, here’s a post I wrote in 2003 on the subject.)