Brian Slesinsky's Weblog

Saturday, 27 Sep 2003

Launch Fever

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.