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Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel: Lack of Transparency in Commercial Space

By Keith Cowing
January 30, 2015
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Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel: Lack of Transparency in Commercial Space

Safety panel accuses NASA of a ‘lack of transparency’ in critical space program, Washington Post
“NASA’s independent safety panel accused the agency of a “lack of transparency” about its program to hire commercial space companies to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, saying the opacity could create increased safety risks. In its annual report to Congress, the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel said the lack of communication about critical safety measures “has been a concern for a number of years.” And it made it impossible for the panel “to offer any informed opinion regarding the adequacy of the certification process or the sufficiency of safety” in what is known as the “commercial crew” program. The “failure to engage in open and transparent communication is reminiscent of the problems” surrounding the causes of the fatal Challenger and Columbia space shuttle disasters, according to the report released Wednesday.”
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