Post by bra
The DT headline was "I still feel guilty about the death of Ayrton Senna"..
And another quote, "I designed a car that was aerodynamically unstable.
By Imola, I understood the problem. I just needed time to give Ayrton a
car that was worthy of him. Time denied us all that chhance."
Could have would have should have --- time constraints in all engineering projects. The engineering narrative behind the 1986 Challenger shuttle disaster never fails to engage me. I heard Roger Boisjoly speak to the IEEE about his NASA work, about management / marketing / engineering conflicts in the launch decision, and subsequently about the hurried "fixes" on later engines.
I think Whitehead (?) rewrote a cliché to warn engineers that "Urgent necessity is more often the mother of the quick fix, than it is the mother of invention."
Just a nitpick/clarification - the late Roger Boisjoly did not work for
NASA directly, in 1986 he was working for Morton Thiokol the lead
contractor for the Solid Rocket Boosters (SRB). His memo warning about
the effect of very low temperatures on the O-rings was internal within
I hadn't realised he passed away in 2012 - most of the articles
reporting his death contain this, "had worked for companies in
California on lunar module life-support systems and the moon vehicle."
LM ELS was built by Hamilton Standard, who also provided the spacesuits.
I'm now wondering what 'the moon vehicle' meant, since the LM was the
moon vehicle. I'll have to dig out the NASA reports now :-)