This new flight system required the teams from several organizations to work together and each area played a key role in the success or failure of the space program. Morton Thiokol was awarded the contract for building the solid rocket boosters in Utah and shipping them to Florida for assembly. The SRBs were 149 feet long and weighed two million pounds (Edmondson, 2003). The design was dependent on O-Rings to seal the joints between the components to eliminate leakage of gases during takeoff, blow-by and reduce joint rotation. NASA was tasked with developing the shuttle which would serve as the mode of transportation for the crew, experiments and items required for space delivery. This reusable model could then return earth and be resent to space by attaching the fuel systems made by Thiokol.
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