Ethical issues in Space Shuttle Disasters

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Ethical issues in Space Shuttle Disasters

No, I would not make the same decisions as engineers did in the case of Space shuttle Columbia or Space Shuttle challenger. In both cases working-level engineers most familiar with the relevant systems expressed timely concerns that could have averted the disaster, and their concerns were overridden. The main blame for the engineers is that despite noticing some anomalies they did not strongly oppose the launch for the fear of their careers. It is therefore correct to conclude that work level engineers overlooked safety for the need to preserve their careers.

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Rodgers Commission. Report of the Presidential Commission on the space Shuttle Challenger Accident. Web May 2, 1986 <> Web March 28, 2012.

Rossow, Mark. Engineering Ethics Case Study: The Challenger Disaster. Web 2012 > Web March 28, 2012.