bb7’s Director of R&D and Systems Engineering, Steve Cantley, to Remount his acclaimed presentation!

The columbia Accident — Enduring lessons from an INsider’s Viewpoint
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Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Back by popular demand! bb7’s Director of R&D and Systems Engineering, Steve Cantley will deliver his popular presentation, The Columbia Accident – Enduring Lessons From An Insider’s Viewpoint. This presentation examines the Columbia tragedy. Steve was an engineer at NASA’s Mission Control Center when of the accident occurred — he brings an insider’s perspective on the experience.



On February 1, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia and her crew aboard were lost during reentry. The direct cause of the accident was a piece of foam insulation that detached from the external tank during Columbia’s ascent sixteen days prior. As was the case with Challenger’s loss 17 years earlier, a complex system of enabling factors stretched back long before the launch.

This presentation examines the Columbia accident, reviews the event reconstruction, and explores available information and associated decision-making during the mission. You may never design or operate a system like the Space Shuttle, but there are important lessons that anyone with engineering or project management responsibility can learn.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

10:00am-1:00pm (lunch provided)


bb7 HQ: 5407 Fen Oak Ct., Madison, WI 53718 (Mendota Conference Room)

The event is free but space is limited!

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