Keywords: Columbia accident, nuclear industry, safety, stress similarities, NASA, aerospace industry, space shuttle accident
Analysis of the Columbia accident under nuclear industry safety criteria
There are similarities between the aerospace and nuclear industries regarding safety. In both cases we are dealing with sophisticated technology, equipment, processes and strong interface with human behaviours. This situation is well understood in both industries. However, there is a range of uncontrolled accident risk as a consequence of poor management and lack of appropriate measures to prevent events that can result in accidents, such as the tragic accident in Columbia.