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Post-Challenger evaluation of space shuttle risk assessment and managementAs the shock of the Space Shuttle Challenger accident began to subside, NASA initiated a wide range of actions designed to ensure greater safety in various aspects of the Shuttle system and an improved focus on safety throughout the National Space Transportation System (NSTS) Program. Certain specific features of the NASA safety process are examined: the Critical Items List (CIL) and the NASA review of the Shuttle primary and backup units whose failure might result in the loss of life, the Shuttle vehicle, or the mission; the failure modes and effects analyses (FMEA); and the hazard analysis and their review. The conception of modern risk management, including the essential element of objective risk assessment is described and it is contrasted with NASA's safety process in general terms. The discussion, findings, and recommendations regarding particular aspects of the NASA STS safety assurance process are reported. The 11 subsections each deal with a different aspect of the process. The main lessons learned by SCRHAAC in the course of the audit are summarized.
Document ID
19880010818
Document Type
Contractor Report (CR)
Date Acquired
September 5, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1988
Subject Category
ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.26:182461
NASA-CR-182461
PB88-190624
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NASW-4003
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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