- NASA Watch
- January 9, 2023
This Is How NASA Covers Up SLS Software Safety Issues (Update)
Keith’s 6 December update: Sources report that the two individuals who spoke with a potential employer of Ben Samouha were NASA employees George Mitchell and Andy Gamble. They were reportedly bragging about how they had done this until they read NASAWatch – and then they shut up.
Keith’s 4 December update: According to a friend who has spoken with Ben Samouha, he has been retaliated against. Two NASA MSFC people became aware he was being interviewed for a new job and called the new employer. Speaking for NASA, they said not to hire him, that he’s trouble, incompetent, makes waves. More to follow.
Keith’s 27 November note: A letter was sent to NASA MSFC management last week by Ben Samouha, a 30+ year veteran in software safety whose career reaches back to the Challenger era. As has been noted previously on NASAWatch there has been a significant amount of internal controversy over safety and software being developed for SLS. Clearly these safety issues remain. People are quitting instead of trying to fight the system, or in some cases, they leave after having been forced out for speaking up about their concerns. As Samouha notes:
“These people have been for a long time (and still are) continuously ignoring or not properly addressing FSW Safety related observations and findings and unethically do not disclose issues to the upper management in order to show a virtual progress in order to keep their jobs. Anyone with years of experience and integrity to Safety can see through these imposters just like I did.”
– MSFC To Safety Contractor: Just Ignore Those SLS Software Issues, earlier post
– SLS Flight Software Safety Issues Continue at MSFC, earlier post
– SLS Flight Software Safety Issues at MSFC (Update), earlier post