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Offline Chris Bergin

Re: Wayne Hale sets up his own blog site
« Reply #500 on: 01/29/2017 06:10 PM »
Mr Hale just tweeted the link to this (an earlier article).

https://waynehale.wordpress.com/2016/01/27/remembrance-is-not-enough/

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The lesson to take away here is not to give up. If it is unsafe say so. If overruled, appeal. If denied appeal, make your case to the highest level manager you can find. Do not give up until you have been heard at the very top.

 
Because you might be the only one that sees what no one else can.

There was a good example (likely only one of many) that I got to see during Shuttle. Won't link as it's a very old article that I wrote and the formatting is off, but:

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A contractor at Lockheed Martin was able to voice his concerns over the state of Endeavour's damaged TPS (Thermal Protection System) - all the way to Mission Management Team (MMT) chairman John Shannon - within a matter of hours.

The engineer's concerns, with both re-entering as-is and repairing via T-RAD/STA-54, were addressed via the arsenal of analysis that gave rationale to the decision that will see Endeavour come home - now likely on Tuesday - without a repair being required on her tile damage.

Officially, only the highly conservative JSC Engineering department dissented as a group against the MMT decision, although Shannon didn't note - or wasn't asked - about individual cases of dissent/concern.

While it appears the vast majority of the engineering community concurred with the in-depth analysis and testing that took place in the days after the small gouge was spotted near Endeavour's landing gear door, it also appears that everyone felt safe to give their input, and could rely on the backing of their own management.

The engineer in question - an expert in foam impact testing - voiced his concerns on Wednesday to his boss, Wanda Sigur, Vice President of Lockheed Martin's External Tank project at the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) in New Orleans.

While the engineer did not demand to speak to the MMT, Sigur immediately passed on his concerns to John Chapman, head of the External Tank project at the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), effectively Sigur's NASA boss.

'I received an email from one of our engineers expressing concern with the potential decision to re-enter the orbiter - either as is or with a putty repair,' Sigur wrote to Chapman, forwarding the e-mail she had received from the engineer. 'Notes from his email are below:'

'The damage could be worst than what it appears,' wrote the engineer. 'During some of the impacts tests, we have what we called shear-out failures, where some of the impacts failed the tile at the densification layer, which it is designed to do. The problem is that not all of the failures lifted the tile out of place, but only cracked it 25-75 percent through that layer, leaving a tile partially attached.

'With re-entry loads, it could fail the remaining portion and become dislodged during entry, leaving a large cavity, thus creating a more severe thermal issue. A repair to putty this area could also be detrimental, in that this could also aggravate the situation, making it worse.

'I know they are performing re-entry testing on the tiles that mimic the shape of the damage area at JSC (tiles were CNC machined to the damage profile based on the 3D laser imagery taken of the damaged site) but not on a tile out scenario.'

Sigur - herself a mechanical engineer by trade - highlighted the engineer's recommendation, before asking: 'What are the appropriate channels to identify this?'

Her answer would come just seven minutes later, as Chapman wrote back: 'I'd send it straight to John Shannon ASAP with a copy to Steve Poulos and Bill McArthur. Be sure to include contact info for your engineer so they can get more info / clarification if needed. If possible, he needs to attend this afternoon's MMT meeting.'

Just over an hour later, the concern had reached the inbox of Shannon and other key shuttle management, with the original e-mail and contact details of the engineer, should they wish to call him.

Ten minutes later, the e-mail had been forwarded to other members of shuttle management, with a response on what was now becoming a chain e-mail, noting: 'Please handle this as a Shuttle Safety Hotline submission.'

Ultimately, the initial note of concern, forwarded from Sigur, had made it all the way up the chain of command to all of the shuttle management, within 90 minutes, with JSC manager Robert Doremus confirming to all on the chain e-mail: 'We will bring this up at today's MMT.'

While it is not known how the engineer's concerns were abated by the MMT, the ultimate decision that Endeavour was clear to come home, was taken the following day, with only the minor dissent of JSC Engineering noted.

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Re: Wayne Hale sets up his own blog site
« Reply #501 on: 01/31/2017 01:58 PM »
It's a great post, but it's from a year ago.

Offline Chris Bergin

Re: Wayne Hale sets up his own blog site
« Reply #502 on: 01/31/2017 02:28 PM »
Ah yes. Mr Hale tweeted it out that day I posted the above. A reminder, obviously.

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Re: Wayne Hale sets up his own blog site
« Reply #503 on: 02/22/2017 05:18 PM »
New post:
https://waynehale.wordpress.com/2017/02/22/king-for-a-day/

found via Marcia Smith's comment:
https://twitter.com/SpcPlcyOnline/status/834430315573673985
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Very thought provoking essay by @waynehale. NASA "hobbled by three structural and cultural problems." Need to "transform" agency,

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Re: Wayne Hale sets up his own blog site
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Re: Wayne Hale sets up his own blog site
« Reply #506 on: 03/12/2017 05:13 PM »
Cromwell! Interesting read, but didn't expect to see his name in a Wayne Hale blog.

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Re: Wayne Hale sets up his own blog site
« Reply #507 on: 03/31/2017 01:18 PM »
https://twitter.com/waynehale/status/847774460933439488
"Congratulations SpaceX. It's been nearly six years since we've seen the launch of a reused rocket. #spaceshuttle"

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Re: Wayne Hale sets up his own blog site
« Reply #508 on: 03/31/2017 03:08 PM »
https://twitter.com/waynehale/status/847774460933439488
"Congratulations SpaceX. It's been nearly six years since we've seen the launch of a reused rocket. #spaceshuttle"

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how you throw shade.

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Re: Wayne Hale sets up his own blog site
« Reply #509 on: 03/31/2017 07:50 PM »
The comments are pretty disgusting what a lack of respect from the SpaceX fanboys. :(

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Re: Wayne Hale sets up his own blog site
« Reply #510 on: 03/31/2017 07:59 PM »
Watch out! Mr. Hale's bringing Cromwell (God Save The King) into it.  ;)

https://waynehale.wordpress.com/2017/03/12/blame-it-on-oliver-cromwell/

So long as he doesn't bring up Lincoln, we should be ok.  Every time someone is going to get us into trouble, they start quoting Lincoln...
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Re: Wayne Hale sets up his own blog site
« Reply #511 on: 04/03/2017 01:36 PM »
Another from Wayne Hale.

Waivers, Deviations, and Exceptions

https://waynehale.wordpress.com/2017/04/03/waivers-deviations-and-exceptions/


Thanks Wayne!

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Re: Wayne Hale sets up his own blog site
« Reply #512 on: 04/10/2017 09:06 PM »
And another blog post from Mr. Wayne Hale. 

Basically a clarification of why he writes his blog entries, and the  purpose of such entries. He mentions his fruitless attempts to gain access to the expansive NASA archives related to the SSP/STS and other projects, access which was lost upon his retirement from NASA. As such, his blog entries are sculpted solely on his personal memories garnered during his career at NASA.

It must be frustrating to not be able to peruse archived information, of a program of which he held positions such as:
1. head of the Integrated Communications Section, Systems Division, Mission Operations
2. head of the Propulsion Systems Section, Systems Division, Mission Operations
3. flight director in Mission Control for forty-one Space Shuttle missions
4. deputy chief of the Flight Director Office for Shuttle Operations
5. launch integration manager of the Space Shuttle Program (his 1st official day in this position was Feb 1, 2003 which of course was the same day that Columbia STS-107 failed to return to KSC--Wayne was outside waiting for Columbia to announce herself with 2 sonic booms, which of course never came to Florida.-Wayne talks about this exact moment is covered here: https://waynehale.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/after-ten-years-the-moment-of-truth/
6. deputy manager of Space Shuttle Program
7. manager of Space Shuttle Program

I sure hope that one day, NASA allows Wayne to access what he seeks.  After all he does/did hold a security clearance.

Posted on April 10, 2017: 

Administrivia

https://waynehale.wordpress.com/2017/04/10/administrivia/

Thank you Mr. Hale!
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Re: Wayne Hale sets up his own blog site
« Reply #513 on: 04/10/2017 09:32 PM »
Another from Wayne Hale.

Waivers, Deviations, and Exceptions

https://waynehale.wordpress.com/2017/04/03/waivers-deviations-and-exceptions/


Thanks Wayne!

Always enjoy his blogs. This one really helped me understand the waiver process.

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Re: Wayne Hale sets up his own blog site
« Reply #514 on: 04/27/2017 03:40 PM »
Hot off the presses, a new installation of Mr Hales blog.

STS-121: The Hardest Launch part 1

https://waynehale.wordpress.com/2017/04/27/sts-121-the-hardest-launch-part-1/


Thanks Wayne!
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Re: Wayne Hale sets up his own blog site
« Reply #515 on: 05/17/2017 07:28 PM »
There is an story on NPR's Story Lab about Wayne Hale and the day of the Columbia Shuttle accident:

Total Failure: When The Space Shuttle Didn't Come Home : NPR

The first paragraph:

"The morning that the space shuttle Columbia was supposed to return home, Wayne Hale was at the landing site. At age 48, Hale was an up-and-coming manager with NASA. He'd just taken a job overseeing shuttle launches. But since this was a landing day, he didn't have much to do."

About the story:

"This story is the first in a four-part series on the experience of failure and how people deal with it. It was developed in NPR's Story Lab."
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Re: Wayne Hale sets up his own blog site
« Reply #516 on: 05/18/2017 02:00 AM »
NPR started a series called "Total Failure" today.   The first story features Wayne Hale talking about Columbia and the STS-107 mission.

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Re: Wayne Hale sets up his own blog site
« Reply #518 on: 05/18/2017 07:14 PM »
Good info. His blogs are great as well.

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Re: Wayne Hale sets up his own blog site
« Reply #519 on: 05/18/2017 07:37 PM »
I heard this on the radio yesterday and was a bit perplexed. They left out an important part of the story, which distorted things.

What happened after the Columbia launch was that Hale was informed about the debris strike, was concerned about it, and then sought to get better information about what happened. His attempts were rejected by higher management, and so that inquiry stopped. Then Columbia was destroyed. In the aftermath, Hale was one of the few people who actually had a good reputation. Also, he was honest and humble about the whole thing. That's why he got promoted to run the program.

But the NPR story never mentioned his effort to obtain better imagery of the damage and how it was stopped. The narrative makes it sound like he messed up and then surprisingly got promoted later. And that's not what happened. I don't know if they edited out part of the story, or if Hale did not discuss that in the interview. But whoever produced that segment really did not do their homework. There are plenty of sources about what happened back then. It's not that hard to find them. Here's one:

http://www.thespacereview.com/article/709/1


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