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  • Advanced General Aviation Technology Experiment 

    This case study was developed in the interest of continuously improving program and project management at NASA. To augment a traditional case method approach, a theoretical framework adopted was from the sociotechnical systems tradition. These exercises prompt participants to understand AGATE success from the perspective of the NASA Project Life Cycle. Project Life Cycle variances […]

  • Ares I-X Upper Stage Simulator

    The opportunity to build a new launch vehicle that can loft humans into space does not come along often. The Ares family of launch vehicles, conceived in response to the 2004 Vision for Space Exploration, presented the first chance for NASA engineers to get hands-on experience designing and building a human-rated system since the development […]

  • Columbia’s Last Mission

    The Space Shuttle Columbia thundered skyward at 10:39 AM on January 16, 2003 from Kennedy Space Center. Little more than a minute later, a chunk of insulating foam tore away from the external fuel tank and splintered against Columbia’s left wing. The incident did not disrupt Columbia’s planned path to orbit; indeed, nobody on the […]

  • Critical Path Newsletter

    The Flight Projects Directorate Quarterly Newsletter.

  • Dieselgate: A Case Studies in Engineering Ethics

    When West Virginia University’s Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions was called to perform real-world testing in California on the latest “clean diesel” engines from Volkswagen, their eye-opening results shook the automotive industry, revealing an emissions cheating scandal that ultimately cost the automaker $2.8 billion in federal fines and another $18.32 billion in expenses […]


    The Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) was started as part of the Earth Observing System (EOS). This system was meant to collect, process, distribute, and archive the large amount of data that was to be generated by the EOS program and to archive and distribute NASA Earth science data. The early concepts […]

  • Goddard OCKO – Knowledge Management Resources

    Public papers and presentations on Goddard’s learning plan, organizational learning, building a healthy organization, top myths about knowledge management, facilitating lessons learned and pause and learn sessions (also called after action reviews) and other interviews and articles posted on Goddard’s OCKO Webpage

  • Gravity Probe B Launch Decision

    In the summer of 2003, NASA Program Manager Rex Geveden was eager to ship the Gravity Probe B (GP-B) spacecraft to Vandenberg Air Force Base for integration and testing and then launch. In April the program had undergone a termination review, which in Geveden’s estimation, had been a close call. Getting the spacecraft to the […]