A simple plumbing problem? How about a design flaw.

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In summary, a plumbing problem in the propulsion system of two Galileo navigation satellites caused them to be placed in incorrect orbits. Despite design processes and simulations, such mistakes can still occur. However, the European Space Agency was able to fix the orbits of these satellites, allowing them to still function in the Galileo system.
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A Simple Plumbing Problem Sent Galileo Satellites Into Wrong Orbits
http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/...lem-sent-galileo-satellites-into-wrong-orbits

There is a reason we have design processes, with independent reviews, and detailed simulations. The idea is to avoid silly, but very costly mistakes. In theory, we learn from past mistakes, nevertheless . . . .
 
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Astronuc said:
A Simple Plumbing Problem Sent Galileo Satellites Into Wrong Orbits
http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/...lem-sent-galileo-satellites-into-wrong-orbits

There is a reason we have design processes, with independent reviews, and detailed simulations. The idea is to avoid silly, but very costly mistakes. In theory, we learn from past mistakes, nevertheless . . . .

Unfortunately, no amount of independent review, detailed simulations, or design processes provide immunity to the NIH syndrome. :frown: :wink: o_O

There's a recent postscript to the story in the OP.

http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/...rbits-of-errant-galileo-navigation-satellites

Apparently, the two satellites have been moved to better, though not ideal, orbits, which will allow them to function as part of the Galileo navigation system.
 

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1. What are common signs of a simple plumbing problem?

Some common signs of a simple plumbing problem include slow draining sinks or toilets, low water pressure, unusual noises in pipes, and pooling water around fixtures.

2. How can I fix a simple plumbing problem on my own?

It depends on the specific issue, but some simple plumbing problems can be fixed by using a plunger, drain cleaner, or tightening loose fittings. If you are unsure or uncomfortable attempting to fix the problem yourself, it is best to call a professional plumber.

3. What are the most common causes of simple plumbing problems?

The most common causes of simple plumbing problems include clogs, leaks, and old or faulty pipes. These issues can be caused by a variety of factors such as debris buildup, corrosion, or wear and tear over time.

4. Can a design flaw cause plumbing problems?

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5. When should I seek professional help for a plumbing problem?

If you are unable to fix the problem on your own, or if the issue is persistent or severe, it is best to call a professional plumber. They have the expertise and tools to properly diagnose and fix the problem, preventing any further damage or complications.

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