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Let's not let Morton Thiokol's best interests continue to decide the fate of our space program. former CA resident
The managers who made the decision that brought about Challenger's demise (wherein they forced Thiokol's hand to vote yes when they initially said no) WERE former technical people.
NASA's controls over Thiokol's use of professional and consultant services can be improved.
So, when Challenger lifted off without incident, he and the others watching television screens at Thiokol's Utah plant were relieved.
Thiokol's Dilemma: * Customer Relations: Do I please the government / customer and gloss over a hypothetical emergency, or do I pay attention to the engineers and spend more time and money to fix what could be a huge problem?