Saturday, 27 Sep 2003
Launch Fever, noun: An unwillingness to miss an important deadline
despite known problems. Example:
Instead of halting the launching on the spot, Mr. Rocha
said, the shuttle manager, Linda Ham, granted a temporary waiver that
reduced the strength requirements, on the basis of data that the
investigation board later found to be flawed. Mr. Rocha would draw on
an old rocketry term - "launch fever" - to describe what had happened
at the meeting.
- James Glanz and John Schwartz in The New York Times.
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