Columbia +10 - Lessons Learned and Unlearned

Status Report From: George Washington University
Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2013

Friday, March 8, 2013 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Continental Ballroom
Marvin Center Third Floor
800 21st Street NW
Washington, DC 20052

It has been ten years since the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated upon reentry. The events of February 1, 2003, shook our nation, and forced us to reexamine how the U.S. maintains its leadership in human space exploration. In the wake of this national tragedy, the Columbia Accident Investigation Board identified not only the direct cause of the accident, but also various organizational contributors to the accident, which led to significant changes to the safety protocols that are used in designing and certifying vehicles for crew safety. However, for these lessons to remain meaningful as our missions and our technologies change, we must never forget these lessons.

Lessons Learned and Unlearned will not only examine the findings of the CAIB, but will also provide firsthand accounts from the individuals who led the investigation, addressing what they learned about the organizational needs of the human space exploration program, and about the review and oversight of long-term advanced technology programs. Please join us for a robust presentation devoted to what we learned in the wake of the Columbia tragedy, and what lessons have been reaffirmed and must be remembered for the future.


9:00-9:15 am Welcome and Introductory Remarks
SANDY MAGNUS, Executive Director, AIAA
W. MICHAEL HAWES, Director, Human Space Flight Operations, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

9:15-10:00 am Keynote
VADM JOSEPH DYER, Chair, Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel

10:00-10:30 am The STS-107 Mission (NASA Video)

10:30-11:00 am Coffee Break

11:00 am-12:00 pm Immediate Responses to the Accident
SCOTT HOROWITZ, Doc's Aerospace, former NASA Astronaut
DAVID KING, Dynetics, former Director, Marshall Space Flight Center

12:00-1:00 pm Lunch Break

1:00-2:00 pm NASA and the Columbia Accident Investigation Board
DOUGLAS COOKE, Cooke Concepts and Solutions, NASA technical advisor to the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB)
JOHN LOGSDON, George Washington University, CAIB Member

2:00-3:00 pm Lessons Learned - Technical
KEN BOWERSOX, former NASA Astronaut
KENT ROMINGER, ATK, former NASA Astronaut
JOHN BARRY, Member, Columbia Accident Investigation Board (invited)

3:00-3:30pm Coffee Break

3:30-4:30 pm Lessons Learned and Unlearned
SCOTT PACE, Director, Space Policy Institute
BRYON O'CONNER, former Astronaut, and former Chief, NASA Safety and Mission Assurance
JULIANNE MAHLER, George Mason University
WILLIAM PARSONS, RD AMROSS, former Space Shuttle Program Manager for Return to Flight

4:30-5:30 pm Summation and Response
ADM HAL GEHMAN, Chair, Columbia Accident Investigation Board
WAYNE HALE, former Space Shuttle Flight Director and Space Shuttle Program Manager

5:30-7:00 pm Reception and STS-107 Tribute Video


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Space Policy Institute
Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street NW, Suite 403
Washington, DC 20052

There is no fee for attending, but registration is required. Early registration is encouraged due to limited seating space. This is a "widely attended gathering" for U.S. government employees.

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