NASA Releases Columbia Crew Safety Report

NASA has released the Spacecraft Crew Survival Integrated Investigation Team report, which includes 30 recommendations to improve spacecraft design and crew safety.

“The members of this team have done an outstanding job under difficult and personal circumstances,” said Johnson Space Center Director Michael L. Coats. “Their work will ensure that the legacy of Columbia and her heroic crew continues to be the improved safety of future human spaceflights worldwide.”

The recommendations cover a broad range of subjects from crew training, procedures, restraints and individual safety equipment to spacecraft design methods and recommendations regarding future accident investigations.

NASA already has implemented some of the report’s recommendations and is evaluating others. A fact sheet describing actions that have been taken or are in work by both the Space Shuttle Program and Constellation Program as a result of the investigation is available at the same web link as the report.

This was the first-ever in-depth crew survival study of a spaceflight accident. The investigation was conducted by a multi-disciplinary NASA team based at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. The study team also consulted experts outside of NASA for portions of its work.


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