[FPSPACE] Carreer decisions and the Shuttle
thomsona at flash.net
Sat Jul 16 15:01:47 EDT 2005
The article excerpted below touches a point that came up in a local
Suppose you were, as many people are, a veteran, skilled, experienced,
engineer or technician working on the Shuttle. Suppose you see NASA
management acting as if the program is snake-bit and one of its major goals
is to stop flying Shuttles as soon as possible, five years max. Suppose
that you have a mortgage to pay, kids to put through college and a
retirement to fund.
Does this affect your carreer choices, how you approach your current job,
how many resumes you send out? Are you going to hang around, give it your
all right up to the last flight?
Likely a fair number will do exactly that, out of dedication and a sense of
responsiblity. But what does "a fair number" mean in percentage of the
Does NASA have a strategy to retain people for these five years, or to
replace those who may decide to bail if they can?
Experts: Aging Shuttle Fleet Poses Danger
By JEFF DONN
The Associated Press
Saturday, July 16, 2005; 1:31 PM
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Maybe NASA's managers still view the shuttle as the
Cadillac of space technology, but they sometimes make it sound as if it were
a cranky old Ford with a few too many miles on it.
Kathryn Thornton, a former astronaut who has advised NASA on returning to
flight, said she worries the agency won't be willing to keep the spacecraft
in the best flying condition as it approaches retirement. "You have to keep
the people and expertise around to the last flight," she said.
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