Voyager's Most Challenging System Requirement 670621
Perhaps the most important system requirement for future unmanned space programs like Voyager is First Try Success. Responsibility for meeting this requirement will rest on both the Government and Industry, each of whom must be completely realistic in their approach to the program.
General Electric has conducted systematic studies of spacecraft failures and has reached some quite unexpected conclusions concerning them. The management of past spacecraft programs has contributed to the failures which have occurred. Achievement of long life and first try success requires a fresh look at management philosophy, but short cuts to success do not appear to be available.