Hail Apollo 1, Challenger and Columbia…

It’s a somber time of year for the human spaceflight community. The three tragic accidents that claimed 17┬áNASA astronauts occurred in different years, but within a week of each other on the calendar. January 27 (Apollo 1 – 1967), January 28 (Challenger – 1986) and February 1 (Columbia – 2003) remind us of the risks of leaving earth’s grasp and the courage of the astronauts, of those who train them and guide their missions from the ground, and of their families...

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SFO Simulated Air Crash Exercise

On October 12, I volunteered as an air crash victim for a multi-agency emergency response exercise at San Francisco International Airport. It was interesting to see how the agencies coordinated and responded to a mass casualty scenario. Here are the scenarios and a few photos from the day. Objectives: Review procedures and effectiveness of coordination between responding agencies. Train personnel on equipment that may not be standard to their agency. Note: This was not a real-time exercise...

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