Challenger Launch Decision



Chapter 1: The Eve of the Launch

The Search For An Explanation: Creating History

Pressure To Launch: The Media, The Teacher in Space and The State of the Union

The Structural Origins of Disaster: Competition, Scarce Resources and the Shuttle Program

Scarce Resources and Compromised Excellence

Operational Spaceflight: The Shuttle As Business

The Widening Gap Between Goals and Means

January 1986: Production Pressures and a Disastrous Decision

Chapter 2: Learning Culture, Revising History

Early Affirmation of Amoral Calculation

Puzzles and contradictions


1. Mathematica Report on the viability of the Space Shuttle