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Old 01-29-2010, 08:57 AM
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Most of you are KIDS!!
I was working as a QA on the Peacekeeper avionics at the rocket ranch in Waterton when it happened. Across the hall was the line where the PICs were made (pyrotechnic initiator controllers, used to separate stages).

Instant lockdown. Suddenly everything was evidence. Air Force was all over it. Then the horror of thinking something we did might have contributed.

It's really amazing the O-rings could have been produced and used in such a way as to cause the explosion. But it was a lesson- government procedure cannot cover every possible mistake, sometimes you just need a dose of common sense and engineering knowledge.

And the will to use it. And to power to make it so despite politics.
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