3 Reasons Not to Launch

Allan had given NASA three reasons to delay the launch of the Shuttle the night before the launch, but the real reason that the Shuttle failed was not known until two years after the accident.

Refused to Sign

NASA applied pressure to Allan to sign a “Go for Launch” document prepared by his boss, a company Vice President, but he refused to do so. He calls this the smartest decision he’s ever made.

Demoted and Reinstated

After Allan testified before the Presidential Commission investigating the accident, he was immediately removed from his position by his company. A strange sequence of events lead him back to being reinstated and eventually promoted to lead the team responsible for redesigning the boosters to return the Space Shuttle to safe flight as soon as possible.