BBC Disaster Series

Major Malfunction training package


On 28 January, 1986 at around 11-38am local time, the Challenger Space shuttle lifted off from the NASA Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. 73 seconds later the space vehicle exploded, claiming the lives of seven astronauts.

DVD Price: $595.00*

Duration: 30 minutes

Formats Available: DVD | Internet Licence | Corporate Licence

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The crew included a teacher, who was to have talked to school children from space, a vital factor in launching on a school day. A desperate struggle to delay the launch occurred, based on engineers’ fears that vital ‘O’ ring rocket seals would fail at low temperatures.

Former chief engineer Roger Boisjoly and colleagues argued with NASA management, but were overruled by a decision based on ‘acceptable risk’.

A final pressure was placed on the head engineer, who was told: “Take off your engineering hat and put on your management hat…”  Thus the fateful decision to over-ride that of the engineers, and to go ahead and launch.

Location: U.S.A


Training Applications:

  • Management decision making – success at all costs vs. safety consideration
  • Safety design issues with spacecrafts
  • Emergency procedures
  • Safety and rescue systems
  • Statutory policy making
  • Contractor and subcontractor issues
  • Training and accreditation issues
  • Communication techniques
  • Aero-space/advanced technology engineering

Available in the following languages:

French | Spanish | Portuguese | Indonesian | Hungarian | Russian and Arabic. (Subtitled)

Contents of the package:

Extensive support materials are supplied with  the DVD on CD:

  • Facilitator’s Guide, including Facilitator’s Checklist. The study guide contains a pre and post event analysis of the disaster
  • Facilitator’s Slide Guide
  • Participants’ Handouts and MS PowerPoint presentation.

BBC Disaster Series:

The 11-part BBC Disaster Series examines case studies of major disasters from around the world from various industries, such as oil and gas, transport, aviation, aeronautics and space, chemical manufacturing and hospitality.


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