Failure of a launch vehicle payload fairing to separate during ascent resulted in the loss of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory satellite mission.
Spotlight on Lessons Learned
Impedance compatibility problems between test facilities and electronics hardware can result in damage or failure.
Projects that use commercial web software should take proactive measures to mitigate IT security risks.
Specific events and obstacles encountered during the design and development of the ISERV payload provide the basis of an applicable program management lesson learned.
An issue with a button battery holder appears to be the cause of an unplanned reset of the Real-Time Clock on the International Space Station Urine Processing Assembly.
An international Earth-observing mission to study the salinity of the ocean surface ended in 2015 when an essential part of the spacecraft’s power and attitude control system stopped operating due to over-testing prior to launch.
An investigation into the cause of intermittent electrical shorts on the Cassini space probe over a six-year period determined they were most likely due to the presence of tin whiskers.
NASA has discovered wiring damage issues in every crewed vehicle system, but early indications suggest the new generation of vehicles appears to benefit from more simplified designs and lower technician traffic during integration.
Employing qualified human factors personnel on a design team from the start of a program or project has proven to be successful and effective.