correspondence Roy M. Endlich 186 Avalon Drive Los Altos, California Kingwell et al. (1991) have given an excellent The commission's report did not come to a conclu- review of the meteorological needs for launching sion concerning the cause of the second failure of the space vehicles, and they referred specifically to the joint, but left open the possibility that meteorological Challenger accident. An independent analysis of that conditions in the upper atmosphere might have been involved. accident by the writer implicates the atmosphere to a greater extent than the literature about Challenger The meteorological features that existed over Florida shows. This analysis involved a detailed examination at the time of the accident have been discussed in the of meteorological data, along with engineering infor- literature, but a detailed study of the jet-stream struc- mation given in the report of the Presidential Commis- tures and their relationship to the events of the last 15 s of the flight has not been published. Kingwell et al. sion on the Challenger Accident (1986). It appears that brought to light a commentary made a few months the launch procedures used at that time did not give after the RPC was released (Baker 1986).
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Mar 1, 1992
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