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Project Decisions by Michael Trumper, Lev Virine

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CONCLUSION

Does Decision Analysis Provide a Solution?

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

—DUMBLEDORE TO HARRY POTTER IN

J.K. ROWLINGS HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS

During the past 15 years, NASA and aerospace companies have been involved in a number of attempts to revolutionize space launches (Ballhaus 2005). All of these projects were canceled due to cost and technology problems (Table Concl. 1). As Ballhaus points out, “the bottom line—$4.4 billion was spent on these programs, with little to show for it.”

In 1996, NASA selected Lockheed Martin to design, build, and fly the X-33 ...

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