Saturday, March 01, 2003

Simple Design is Safer

"The Space Shuttle design is too brittle and too complex to allow for the kind of incremental improvements that are the cornerstone of safety. Boeing can continuously improve and rejuvenate the 747, originally built in 1969, because the underlying design is simple enough to understand and tweak. By contrast, the Shuttle is almost too complex to touch. Hell, it's almost too complex to fly."