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    Major Malfunction

    The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster shows danger signs overruled by a decision based on acceptable risk.

    Major Malfuntion


    See the Space Race drama- Hidden Figures trailer below

    On 28 January, 1986 at around 11-38am local time, the Challenger Space shuttle lifted off from the NASA Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. 73 seconds later the space vehicle exploded, claiming the lives of seven astronauts.

    The crew included a teacher, who was to have talked to school children from space, a vital factor in launching on a school day. A desperate struggle to delay the launch occurred, based on engineers’ fears that vital ‘O’ ring rocket seals would fail at low temperatures.

    Former chief engineer Roger Boisjoly and colleagues argued with NASA management, but were overruled by a decision based on ‘acceptable risk’.

    A final pressure was placed on the head engineer, who was told: “Take off your engineering hat and put on your management hat…”  Thus the fateful decision to over-ride that of the engineers, and to go ahead and launch.

    Location: U.S.A.

    Training Applications:

    • Management decision making – success at all costs vs. safety consideration
    • Safety design issues with spacecrafts
    • Emergency procedures
    • Safety and rescue systems
    • Statutory policymaking
    • Contractor and subcontractor issues
    • Training and accreditation issues
    • Communication techniques
    • Aero-space/advanced technology engineering

    Hidden Figures - the Space Race movie drama

    The launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit in 1962 was a stunning achievement that restored the Anited State's confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.

    Three brilliant African-American women at NASA - Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) - serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history in the movie Hidden Figures.

    Watch the Hidden Figures movie trailer below.



    Major Malfunction is a title in the BBC Disaster Series:

    The 11-part BBC Disaster Series examines case studies of major disasters from around the world from various industries, such as oil and gas, transport, aviation, aeronautics and space, chemical manufacturing and hospitality. Read more

    Contents of the package:

    The DVD is accompanied by a CD containing the following support material:

    • Facilitator’s Guide, including Facilitator’s Checklist
    • Facilitator’s Slide Guide
    • Participants’ Handouts
    • MS PowerPoint presentation.

    Available in the following languages:
    English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Indonesian, Hungarian, Russian and Arabic.

    Foreign Language Safety DVD List


    Other DVDs in the Series:

    Spiral to Disaster: Piper Alpha Training Package

    Crash in the Dark: The Severn Tunnel Train Crash

    Fatal Error: Choosing the Wrong Engine Training Package

    Unflyable Plane Training Package

    Cut Price Tragedy Training Package

    Channel Tunnel Fire Training Package

    Kansas City - Death by Design Training Package

    Wrong Stuff Training Package

    Piper Alpha: Human Price of Oil Training Package

    Kings Cross: Beneath the Flames Training Package

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    Country of production: United Kingdom  
    Duration: 30 minutes  

    Major Malfunction Trainer's Guide
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