Ballistic Release of a JPL Pump Component
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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  National Aeronautics and Space Administration - NASA, Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral FL

Published As:  Public

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Topics:  Operations, Maintenance, Management Systems

Flaws in utility design, operation, configuration management, and safety assurance led to a 10-lb. cast iron water pump coupling being hurled through a building window and across 95 ft. of the NASA/Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory campus. Ground support equipment that can damage critical infrastructure or injure personnel should receive a level of engineering rigor that reflects the risk.

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