NASA Office of Logic Design

NASA Office of Logic Design

A scientific study of the problems of digital engineering for space flight systems,
with a view to their practical solution.

2004 MAPLD International Conference

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Washington, D.C.

September 8-10, 2004

An Analysis of Causation in Aerospace Accidents


The losses of several aerospace accidents are described, including the SOlar Heliospheric Observatory, the Ariane 5 launch vehicle and the Titan/Milstar spacecraft, as well as the systemic factors that led to their losses. The factors in these accidents are similar to common factors found in many recent software-related aerospace losses. The similarities and parallels should help in focusing efforts to prevent future accidents.

Presentation: causation

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