New flight test philosophy pays off, giving the hypersonic space transport a solid foundation for accelerated operations
The space shuttle program is back. All appropriate cautions and caveats apply because every element of a manned spaceflight still has great risk and complexity. But the key management and technical issues that caused the Columbia accident and bedeviled the initial STS-114 return to flight are now well in hand, given the shuttle's performance on STS-121. That's the bottom-line assessment of top shuttle management from the flight test data returned so far from the STS-121 mission and ...
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