ACCOUNTABILITY IN RESEARCH - POLICIES AND QUALITY ASSURANCE

TitleThe epistemic integrity of NASA practices in the space shuttle program
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsDe Winter, J, Kosolosky, L
JournalACCOUNTABILITY IN RESEARCH - POLICIES AND QUALITY ASSURANCE
Volume20
Number2
Pagination72–92
ISSN0898-9621
Abstract

This article presents an account of epistemic integrity and uses it to demonstrate that the epistemic integrity of different kinds of practices in NASA's Space Shuttle Program was limited. We focus on the following kinds of practices: (1) research by working engineers, (2) review by middle-level managers, and (3) communication with the public. We argue that the epistemic integrity of these practices was undermined by production pressure at NASA, i.e., the pressure to launch an unreasonable amount of flights per year. Finally, our findings are used to develop some potential strategies to protect epistemic integrity in aerospace science.

DOI10.1080/08989621.2013.767122
Citation Key4254489
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