I know this may sound mean-spirited, but I’m genuinely curious: does anyone know of any big projects that MSFC has played a major role in over the last 30 years that were actually successful? I’ve only been paying attention since the mid-nineties, and almost everything that I’ve seen has been the megaprojects that they’ve run into the ground (NLS, all the late 90s X-vehicles, SLI, OSP, Ares-I, etc). I’m sure they’ve had some successes over my lifetime (especially on smaller projects), I’m just not aware of them. Anyone able to enlighten me on this? I’m trying to figure out how a center with so many competent engineers can struggle so bad on projects–I’m trying to see if there’s any lessons learned about what sort of projects MSFC does best.
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