The Challenger Disaster. Jeff Naumick Matt Timer Justin Becker Brittany Ramans. Introduction. Following the 1960’s and 1970’s, the united states had established themselves superior in space exploration. The United States invested limitless money and resources into the program.
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The space shuttle was the culmination of the country’s a need for a reusable vehicle with orbital capabilities and reusability. It was designed to have a large payload and a lightweight body.
The shuttle stack is composed of…
- the external tank
- the Orbiter
- two solid rocket boosters
… deployment of a Tracking Data Relay Satellite
… a free-flying module designed to observe Halley's comet
… Conduct experiments (Fluid Dynamics and comet monitoring
* Sharon Christa McAuliffe – First teacher in space
- between the outside contractor and NASA (ice on launch pad)
- Between engineers and NASA
* NASA had excess money in the budget that would have solved these problems, but did nothing
- Wing seal design