-NASA had never used solid-fuel engines for launching manned flights.
-The atmospheric reentry of a large, winged space vehicle had never before been accomplished.
-The space vehicle, at 75 tons, would be the heaviest glider ever built.
-The space vehicle was expected to descend through both hypersonic and supersonic speeds to make a pinpoint landing 5000 miles from the point of reentry.
-A reusable thermal protection material had to be developed for reenty.
-The first flight test would require a live crew.
-There was to be no crew escape system!
Thus, the management style required of NASA was that appropriate to a routine, mass-production program of 24 launches a year while the reality was that this was a highly experimental program with overwhelming technical difficulties. As a result, portions of the program fell three years behind schedule and had cost overruns of 60 percent, even before the Challenger disaster. As the program moved into the operational night stage, problems stemming from the inadequate development process surfaced in many areas, culminating in the Challenger explosion 73 seconds after launch on lanuary 28, 1986.
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