January 17, 1989 |
The final full-scale test-firing of Morton Thiokol Inc.'s redesigned space shuttle booster rocket has been scheduled for Thursday, a company official said Monday. The redesigned booster already has been successfully used on two shuttle launchings on Sept. 29 and Dec. 2. Five of six scheduled test-firings were required before the 126-foot-long solid-fuel rocket could be launched, and the fifth was conducted on Aug. 18, according to company spokesman Rocky Raab.
September 25, 1988
Launch pad crews worked through a checklist of final activities as NASA prepared to begin its first countdown in nearly three years for sending a manned spaceship into orbit. The preparations continued despite a report that was to be aired on CBS News' "West 57th" indicating that three safety engineers hired by Morton Thiokol Inc. to analyze the redesigned shuttle boosters found "potential catastrophic problems."
September 2, 1988
A federal judge dismissed two multibillion-dollar lawsuits filed against Morton Thiokol by former engineer Roger Boisjoly, who warned against the disastrous launch of the space shuttle Challenger, said Robert Levin, a lawyer for Boisjoly. Levin told a Salt Lake City television station that U.S. District Judge David K. Winder had dismissed the $3-billion suits with prejudice, so they cannot be refiled.
August 27, 1988 |
The FBI said Friday it is investigating apparent sabotage of O-rings destined for space shuttle booster rockets, a problem that a NASA official said may have been motivated by a company incentive program. The defects were detected before any damaged rings were sent to the rocket maker. A "very small number" of O-rings that appeared to have been deliberately cut were discovered in June by the manufacturer, HydraPak Inc.
August 25, 1988 |
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has invited proposals from industry for a $1.2-billion project to design, develop and test the next generation of booster rockets for the space shuttle. Firms have 60 days to submit their proposals. The first of the new rockets are to be placed into service in 1994, to be phased in over a three-year period. The contract award is expected early next year.
August 23, 1988 |
NASA hopes to launch the space shuttle Discovery on the first post-Challenger flight about Sept. 25, Richard Kohrs, a top shuttle manager at the Johnson Space Center, said Monday. Engineers from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and Morton Thiokol Inc.