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Re: R: Re: Arcjet Motor

See...there's the problem.

We'd like to know what will be done to prevent the mistake from happening 
in the future, but we can't find out without figuring out who made it.  As 
a result, AMSAT is trapped between wanting to be open, and holding off a 
witch hunt.

In the end, perhaps it's better to look at it as one of those "rocket 
science" things that can go wrong, along with a million others.

AMSAT should learn from the error, and correct any procedures that might be 
lacking that could have allowed this to happen, so that next time, there 
are only 999,999 things.


At 10:26 PM 6/6/01 , Richard D. Burgan wrote:
> > On Wed, 6 Jun 2001, Diggs, Steve wrote:
> >
> > > I found your comment about human error quite interesting...
> > > Would you elaborate on the AO-40 aspect of the human error part?
> > > Please be as specific as possible.
> >
> > No, please don't.  I don't want to know.  I see no reason to try to hang
> > probably a volunteer that gave up 10  years of his life, probably a
> > marriage or two, to get AO-40 into space.
> >
> > Heck here at school, we are simply trying to put two TNC's into a simple
> > satellite, and we are using GOOD people, and yet, as of tonight, we have
> > made the following mistakes during the 6 month final build crisis, working
> > 12 hour days for months....
> >
> > Blown up 4 KPC-9612 TNC's and still counting....
> > Burned out the finals in two transmitters
> > Melted a set of batteries,
> > Dropped a solar panel...
> > Wiped out a telemetry board due to sloppy ESD procedures....
> >
> > Humans make mistakes.  But hanging volunteers quickly results in a
> > diminished labor pool... ;-)
> >
> > Bob
> >
>Yes, lets not hang anybody.  In real life people make mistakes.  Lets all
>learn from them.  And, I hope the lesson is not that volunteers get hung if
>they goof.  We won't have any volunteers if that gets out!
>But lets ALL learn from mistakes.  That means we have to publish the facts.
>AO-40 should be an OPEN SYSTEM.
>Lots of thanks to all the volunteers!
>73's de Rich @ WC8J
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