Learning From Columbia

TitleLearning From Columbia
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsBrong, J
JournalQuality Progress
Date Published2004
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0033524X
Keywordsaccidents , Corporate , DECISION , quality , Space
AbstractThis article studies causes of disintegration of the space shuttle Columbia. A 1.67 pound slab of supercooled insulating foam from an external tank struck the wing of the Columbia 81.7 seconds after its launch on January 16, 2003. The foam hit the leading edge of the left wing where it angles away from the fuselage. Sixteen days later, at the lime the shuttle was beginning its landing approach, the damage allowed superheated gas into the wing. Findings from the accident have significance in all operations because organizational culture, management systems and effective thinking are required in all fields. The accident confirmed why quality professionals must be placed at decision making levels in their organizations.
NotesBrong, Jerry; Source Info: Mar2004, Vol. 37 Issue 3, p38; Subject Term: SPACE shuttles; Subject Term: QUALITY control; Subject Term: DECISION making; Subject Term: CORPORATE culture; Subject Term: ACCIDENTS; Subject Term: QUALITY assurance; Number of Pages: 6p; Document Type: Article