Not actually the Russian Mars Probe
The Russian Mars probe Phobos-Grunt launched on November 9th, 2011, was working immediately after launch. But a command to start the engines wasn't successful. Instead, the spacecraft went into "safe mode" and was trapped in orbit until it splashed into the ocean two months later. copyrightjoestrazzere
- $165 million mission
- The main cause of the failure was a programming error.
- Mission was halted by "a programming error which led to a simultaneous reboot of two working channels of an onboard computer,"
- Reboot put the spacecraft in safe mode
- Craft stranded in orbit several hundred miles above Earth
- Phobos-Grunt crashed back to Earth on Jan. 15
- "Cheap parts, design shortcomings, and lack of pre-flight testing ensured that the spacecraft would never fulfill its goals," - Former Planetary Society executive director Louis Friedman
- "Might have been caught had they performed adequate component and system testing prior to flight." - Friedman
Perhaps Louis Friedman is right, and they should have tested more.
This article originally appeared in my blog: All Things Quality
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