ISYE 4803-C HW #1 - ISYE 4803-C Safety Systems Problem One...

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ISYE 4803-C Safety Systems Homework #1 Cory German August 24, 2009 Problem One (a) What “technical” causes of disasters are common to the space program? Some common technical causes of the disasters of the space program are the erosion of the O-ring on the Challenger, the foam instillation damaging the wing on the Columbia, and the wrong roll rate in the system of the Milstar-3 satellite. These are just small incidents that resulted in huge catastrophes due to the high risk and complexity of the missions. They are math errors; things being in the right place at the wrong time; and just the results of weather. These causes seem minor enough when just looking at them in a component focused way. It is not until you look at the whole system that they gain more impact. (b) What “systems” causes of disasters are common to the space program? From looking at data from a biased point of view to failing to successfully share safety information through the correct implemented systems, systems causes have been the
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This note was uploaded on 08/30/2009 for the course ISYE 4803 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Georgia Institute of Technology.

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ISYE 4803-C HW #1 - ISYE 4803-C Safety Systems Problem One...

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