NASA Selects A Board To Investigate $424 Million Glory Rocket Mistake

Posted Mar 12, 2011

Last week the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched a nine-story rocket named Glory. Glory was carrying a satellite, which had a purpose of observing how aerosol affects the Earth’s climate. Glory did not reach orbit and fell back to Earth instead.

NASA said that a protective shell on top of the rocket did not separate and the failed mission ended up costing $424 million. That includes research and development. This is the second time that the Taurus XL rocket made by Orbital Sciences Corp. failed NASA. NASA has selected a board to investigate the March 4 launch of the Glory spacecraft. The board members include:

– Bradley C. Flick, director of the Research and Engineering Directorate at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center
– LeRoy E. Cain, deputy manager, Space Shuttle Program, NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Houston
– Daniel Dorney, supervisory aerospace engineer, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
– Todd Hinkel, lead, Johnson Space Center Pyrotechnics Group Stacey Nakamura, chair, Johnson Space Center Safety and Engineering Review Panel
– Air Force Capt. Benjamin Califf, deputy chief, Space Launch Section, Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, N.M.
– Barbara Kanki, research psychologist, NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
– Christopher Nagy, safety and mission assurance manager at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

These board members will gather information and find out the cause of failure. You can read more about Glory at: