He requested Crew Safety Panel members and any other necessary crew safety representatives to go to Sacramento, Calif., immediately, review the 20 January accident, and answer a number of questions:
- What would have happened if a crew had been on board the space vehicle at the time of the accident?
- What feasible methods were there within existing system capabilities to escape such an explosion? What other escape methods might be evolved beyond existing system capabilities?
- How would the EDS (emergency detection system) have functioned if the accident had occurred on a manned flight? Should there be any changes to the EDS?
- Should any changes be made to AS-204 to increase the probability of a safe escape?
Phillips said the panel's recommendations were needed by February 6 to help assess any impact on AS-204 and subsequent flights.