Space Shuttle Challenger Case Study

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A. Summary
Learning from the case-study of the space shuttle “Challenger” flight STS-51L disasters, which explodes after launching seventy-three seconds. Failure of O-ring seals has been interpret by the Commission, during the investigation. Several engineering ethical issues and values, such as the accuracy of data presented, the honesty and integrity of the personnel, the respect for regulation and informed consent, and the responsibility of the personnel could be discussed and evaluated.
B. Background of the incident[1]
On 28 January 1986 at 11:38am EST, space shuttle challenger flight STS-51L consists of seven astronauts whom depart for a mission from Kennedy space centre in Florida, United States. Unfortunately, after seventy-three seconds
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- Honesty and integrity
Issue 1 presents that, NASA has ambitiously scheduled twenty-four shuttle flights per year, but does not mean that any individuals in NASA did not rank the concern of the congress funding over the safety concerns in the launch decision. And Issue 2 presents that, NASA has the intention to source for second supplier for the SRBs, but it does not shows that unsafe launch decisions were being made as well.
Both issues shows the possibility that the ambitious schedule and the source for supplier might affect the decision make over the concern of safety. But none of the unsafe launch decisions have been made, and showing that the integrity of professional conducts and respect for the rights have been adopted.
Issue 3 presents the violation of informed consent that the information, such as the icing form on the launch pad and failure of O-ring was not informed to the crewmembers to obtain their consent for the continuation of launch, which violates the standard professional conduct of openness and fairness of information to the crewmembers, and committing to retrospective
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Failures must be identify and solve in the early stage of design, and the data must be properly consolidated and documented to prevent any misled of information. Informed consent should not be violated and all information should be make cleared to the participants who opt to participate in experiment. Lastly, engineers should uphold the dignity of their profession and to adopt the utmost standards of their professional
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