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    Very Challenging Project Management

    Quote Originally Posted by PackMan97 View Post
    Canning the Space Shuttle was the best choice. I was a bit angry at the time, but the things SpaceX has been able to do are just amazing. Whoever thought we'd see reusable rockets!

    The costs SpaceX has been able to hit are really game changing. Their ride sharing is also quite amazing and giving smaller businesses access to space they might not have had before.
    There was an aspect to the Shuttle and Space Station programs that I never appreciated until I stumbled onto a book about ten or fifteen years ago. It was written by the project managers who handled those programs. Having worked in engineering and construction throughout my career it was of special interest to me - although I would not recommend it as any kind of "fun" read. Plus I'd have to really dig around to find the book again anyway, so there's no way I could recommend or reference it anyhow.

    What they discussed was the enormous difficulty of running large multi-year projects that must satisfy the whims of Congress. Every two years they had to face changed demands to their schedules or budgets that were way beyond reasonable. When you understand some of the whiplash they had to endure to react to the changing priorities of their Congressional overloads, it's a miracle either project ever got into the air.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ggallagher View Post
    There was an aspect to the Shuttle and Space Station programs that I never appreciated until I stumbled onto a book about ten or fifteen years ago. It was written by the project managers who handled those programs. Having worked in engineering and construction throughout my career it was of special interest to me - although I would not recommend it as any kind of "fun" read. Plus I'd have to really dig around to find the book again anyway, so there's no way I could recommend or reference it anyhow.

    What they discussed was the enormous difficulty of running large multi-year projects that must satisfy the whims of Congress. Every two years they had to face changed demands to their schedules or budgets that were way beyond reasonable. When you understand some of the whiplash they had to endure to react to the changing priorities of their Congressional overloads, it's a miracle either project ever got into the air.
    Lawyers telling scientists how to run their program. Leave the science to the scientists!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LasVegas View Post
    Lawyers telling scientists how to run their program. Leave the science to the scientists!
    And the law to the lawyers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PackMan97 View Post
    Canning the Space Shuttle was the best choice. I was a bit angry at the time, but the things SpaceX has been able to do are just amazing. Whoever thought we'd see reusable rockets!

    The costs SpaceX has been able to hit are really game changing. Their ride sharing is also quite amazing and giving smaller businesses access to space they might not have had before.
    Exactly. I've seen loads of people knock and hate on Musk and some of his wackier ideas but if it leads to innovations down the road it's still great. Let the man tinker
    "The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge" -Stephen Hawking

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