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Challenger Explosion

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Through comprehensive analysis, we identified the root cause of the explosion of Challenger space shuttle. We referred www.nasa.gov and many other websites to learn more about the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster and gather domain knowledge. We referred the NASA report “http://history.nasa.gov/rogersrep/genindex.htm” to go in depth of the Space Shuttle concept and development phases. All the issues with the project can be categorized into two problem groups. Mechanical and administrative problems. The direct cause of the Challenger explosion was technical - faulty O-rings. But, the decision to launch the Challenger despite the identified risks was a combination of poor communication and a difference in the evaluation of the risk. We are sure…show more content…
7 Astronauts were killed and 3 billion dollar losses were incurred. The explosion took place because of a defective sealing system which allowed exhaust flames from the Solid-Fuel Rocket Boosters (SRB) to escape directly on the exterior tank, cracking the tank and causing the explosion. The failure was a result of defective sealing of the O-rings, the giant black rubber loops that seal the parts of the SRBs. Many shuttle flights of NASA had the problem of O-ring erosion in the booster field joints. The launch took place in very low temperature condition in which the Challenger launch was never tested. Many severe warnings were given by the engineers of Thiokol, the company that was responsible for manufacturing the SRBs. NASA was troubled to schedule the launch because of many economic considerations and political pressures. A sequence of actions led to the ill-fated explosion. Many questions that needed fitting answers are given…show more content…
We referred www.nasa.gov and many other websites to learn more about the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster and gather domain knowledge. We referred the NASA report “http://history.nasa.gov/rogersrep/genindex.htm” to go in depth of the Space Shuttle concept and development phases. We understood the need for reusable Space and how it became the focus of NASA's near-term future. We studied the elements of the Space Shuttle and how all parts are sealed together. We studied the stakeholders which were involved in the project. After gathering all the necessary information and information to identify the root cause of the Challenger space shuttle explosion, we assumed that the information about the project was measured
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