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A simple plumbing problem? How about a design flaw.

  1. May 25, 2015 #1

    Astronuc

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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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  3. May 25, 2015 #2

    SteamKing

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    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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