The Epistemic Integrity of NASA Practices in the Space Shuttle Program

TitleThe Epistemic Integrity of NASA Practices in the Space Shuttle Program
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsDe Winter, J, Kosolosky, L
JournalAccountability in Research
Volume20
Issue2
Pagination72 - 92
Date Published03/2013
ISSN Number1545-5815
KeywordsAerospace , Aerospace Engineering , Moral , Moral Climate of Organizations , Scientific , scientific integrity
AbstractThis article presents an account of epistemic integrity and uses it to demonstrate that the epistemic integrity of different kinds of practices in NASA's Space Shuttle Program was limited. We focus on the following kinds of practices: (1) research by working engineers, (2) review by middle-level managers, and (3) communication with the public. We argue that the epistemic integrity of these practices was undermined by production pressure at NASA, i.e., the pressure to launch an unreasonable amount of flights per year. Finally, our findings are used to develop some potential strategies to protect epistemic integrity in aerospace science.
DOI10.1080/08989621.2013.767122
Short TitleAccountability in Research
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