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Return to Flight Implementation Plan, September 2003
"NASA's Implementation Plan for Return to Flight and Beyond" is the agency's blueprint for acting on the recommendations from the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB) and safely returning to flight. This document is an initial outline to help guide the Space Shuttle Program.

The CAIB issued 29 recommendations; the plan addresses every one of them. In addition, the plan reflects that NASA has been working since March on other Return to Flight issues identified early on by the Shuttle Program. Other portions of the plan represent corrective measures above and beyond any CAIB recommendations.

We consider the Implementation Plan to be a living document that will be periodically updated and will guide our efforts toward addressing the CAIB findings and our safe Return to Flight.

+ Read the Summary (PDF; 367 Kb)
+ Read the Full Report (PDF; 15 Mb)

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