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Saturday, January 22, 2005

Quality Control

[Asinine] Professor spent 18 years building an experiment that was put onto the unmanned space mission to Saturn. Someone forgot to turn it on before it blasted off into space

We do have Channel B data and although driven by a very poor and unstable oscillator, we may be able to get a little bit of data.

[AP via Fark.com]

What I wanna know is, why are we spending millions (billions?) of dollars to launch poor and unstable oscillators into space?

» Posted by ALBj at 12:38 AM (ET)
Category: Musings

Comments

Chances are, the secondary channel was probably meant for short distances, not the long distances back to Earth. So “poor” is probably only a relative term. Still, that sure was a costly mistake. I hope they fire the guy that was supposed to flip the switch.

» Posted by Queue
January 24, 2005 07:30 AM

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