Having in-house expertise can be a great advantage to help with problem solving in the manufacturing process when materials are no longer commercially available.
Learning from failures can help facilitate innovation for technologies that will increase future mission success.
Testing is an important part of reducing risk in spacecraft design, and can help determine limits and allow learning about a spacecraft’s performance.
Individual accountability, teamwork and communication determine success at NASA.
Sharing crucial information is only half the battle for successful communication.
As NASA was approaching the final flight of the space shuttle, a discussion panel was held at Masters Forum 20: Passing the Torch 3 to reflect upon the many important lessons learned from the formulation, development and operation of the Space Shuttle Program.