Monday, November 19, 2007

Remember the A-12?

Given the notable technical issues from last week's integrated stack review mentioned here previously, we have to wonder if the Head Constellation Minion, Jeff Hanley, is suffering from early dementia. In his staff meeting, he told his troops that the review was a resounding success and that the senior leadership of NASA was "overwhelmed and pleased" with the progress that has been made on the program to date.

Maybe dementia is too harsh. Perhaps, he's just hard of hearing?

Despite having a rocket that breaks itself apart and a capsule that needs some SlimFast, he said Constellation is now "out of formulation" and embarking on an approach to PDR.

Why an "approach" to PDR? Probably because at the rate its sliding to the right, no one will ever actually be able to catch up to it.

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