Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Whooops! An Expensive Mistake.

Satellite-handlers at Baikonur accidentally dropped the MetOp-A weather satellite, according to reports dated Saturday. This is a seriously expensive piece of hardware, not only in terms of the materials and hardware in its construction, but also the strict timetable that the team is operating on to meet the launch deadline.
How much (if any) damage the satellite suffered is still unknown and tests are on-going. For the sake of the engineers involved, lets hope all's well!

A similar incident occured in 2003 when a similarly instrumented weather satellite was dropped at Lockheed Martin.

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