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Faster, Cheaper Strategy on Trial

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Science  14 Nov 1997:
Vol. 278, Issue 5341, pp. 1216-1217
DOI: 10.1126/science.278.5341.1216

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Technical problems with two pathbreaking satellites--Lewis and Clark--that were to be shining examples of what could be done under a new set of rules aimed at simplifying spacecraft design, procurement, and operation are raising questions about NASA Administrator Dan Goldin's streamlined approach to space exploration. Last week, federal officials led by the Air Force began an interagency probe at NASA's request to examine what went wrong with Lewis and to discover what lessons can be applied to other NASA efforts. This week, a second panel of high-level NASA managers is meeting at headquarters to review Clark's development problems and consider whether the project should be canceled.