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Roger Boisjoly dies at 73; engineer tried to halt Challenger launch Answered

The death of an Engineer of the highest calibre.

http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-roger-boisjoly-20120207,0,2248999.story

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My friend's mother died on Saturday, she wasn't an Engineer of the highest calibre though.

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Thank you - these things happen, that was the point.

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He will be somewhere where it is no pain at all. No genius are accepted by their country. That it is a real fact. Sad but unfortunately too real.

F*(expletive)*ING bureaucrats. This is an outrage.

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iceng

6 years ago

Politics trumps engineering safety, sad and true.

What is even worse, nobody seems to learn from the "speed at all cost" mistakes of the past. Most catastrophic engineering failures such as bridge and structural collapses are preceded by workers being ordered to cut corners for the sake of deadlines. Even many places I have worked have the policy that there's not time now to do it right, so we will just fix it later. Too many supervisors have confused real life with television dramas and movies.

Okay, I'll get off my soap-box now. But I will still yell at the TV

I remember watching that (in real time) during my 6th grade science class. '86 was a big visual year... 12 days later I saw Haley's comet. Whats sad is in my lifetime (so far) I've seen 2 (too many) schuttle explosions.

Its unfortunate he lost his battle with cancer and a real shame that the poor man had to live with such a burden for so many years. Obviously he did everything he could, but those that should have listened to him didn't, and so he'll be remembered through this tragedy.