Tips About Traps

Last week we talked about Carl Wunderlich and how failing to diligently follow and publish an experimental procedure can compromise your repeatability and cost you your credibility. This week I would like to share some tips I have learned from mentors, and my own mistakes, on how we can avoid errors in our experimental procedures.… Continue reading Tips About Traps


If you know your NASA history you know about the Apollo 1 disaster that killed astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chafee. Many will also be familiar with the results of the congressional investigation of the disaster which resulted in changes to the crew door design of future spacecraft and the forbidding of pure… Continue reading Feedback

Safety First

If you have taken the “Keys to the Kingdom” tour at Disney World (highly recommended) no doubt you have heard of the mantra “Safety, Courtesy, Show”. My imagineering tour guide told me that it was the guiding principle behind all of Disney. It is hard to argue with Disney’s success and I have to conclude… Continue reading Safety First