Columbia Accident Investigation Board's final report to the White House, Congress and the NASA regarding the causes of the Feb. 1, 2003 Space Shuttle accident.

CAIB Report

In 2003, Valador was selected to provide support the Columbia Accident Investigation Board after the loss of the Columbia and its crew of seven. Valador helped with the development and production of the final report as well as provided over 120 staff who provided technical, forensic, and operations analysis; independent testing and analysis services; public interactions including the public website, press conferences, and public meetings; congressional liaison; and administrative support.

The Columbia Accident Investigation Board crafted this report as a framework for a national debate about the future of human space flight, but suggests that it is in the nation’s interest to replace the Shuttle as soon as possible as the primary means for transporting humans to and from Earth orbit.

In the 248-page report, there are 29 recommendations, including 15 return-to-flight recommendations that should be implemented before the Shuttle Program returns to flight.

This report, which consists of 11 chapters grouped into three main sections, was the result of a seven-month-long investigation by the CAIB’s 13 board members, more than 120 investigators, 400 NASA and contractor employees, and more than 25,000 searchers who recovered Columbia’s debris.

CAIB Report

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