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Roger Boisjoly-The Challenger Disaster

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Question:

The bench tests showed that temperature can adversely affect the resiliency, and therefore the effectiveness, of the O-rings, yet management at Thiokol and NASA shows no interest in planning a design change. What general courses of action are reasonable for an engineer in this sort of situation?

Answer: Contact a professional society.

It depends on the society and the services that they offer members. If the society has an advice service this may be a good idea, but you have not taken the problem far enough within your company to warrant asking them to mediate for you with the Morton Thiokol management.

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