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Space Shuttle Program #538753

NBC Evening News for Monday, Aug 20, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(NYC) Dangers involved in scheduled 1985 launch of space shuttles from Vandenberg Air Force Base rather than Cape Canaveral examined; United States Air Force inspectors noted feeling quality of preparations for shuttle launch from Vandenberg insures deaths upon launch attempts. [Quality assurance INSPECTORS - predict major death toll.] Inspectors' claim that launch pad is wired out of phase, or backwards, discussed. [INSPECTOR - claims problems exist in all systems put into Vandenberg.] Martin Marietta, the prime contractor, noted describing significant problems in its documents on program; details outlined on screen. [INSPECTOR - considers contract the worst managed he's ever seen.] United States Air Force investigation noted revealing lack of quality control surveillance and resulting defective welding. [Colonel Walter YAEGER - attributes defective welding to job pressure.] Govt. contract said placing schedule in priority over meeting job specifications. [INSPECTOR - claims safety and quality are being disregarded in favor of schedule.] [YAEGER - denies quality problems exist.] August 14, 1984, memorandum from director of prod assurance noted indicating Martin Marietta damaged launch pad with incompetence; details given.

Brokaw, Tom;
Hart, John

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