Faster, Better, Cheaper

Faster, Better, Cheaper

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qFaster, Better, Cheaper takes its title from the initiative of the same name, which officials at NASA adopted after the high-profile failure of the Mars Observer spacecraft in 1993. Although that expedition was conceived in 1981 as the last in a series of lower-cost missions, its budget by launch had grown from $250 million to more than $800 million. To compensate for research opportunities lost during the hiatus since the last Viking mission in 1976, scientists in 1992 added numerous instruments while technicians added equipment to guard against failure. This effort should have resulted in a more reliable and better-performing spacecraft, and yet, as the Observer approached Mars on August 21, 1993, it disappeared.q--Jacket.In that test, the leg sensors did not work, failing to detect any touchdown at all. Designers discovered the cause, an error in a wiring diagram that prompted workers to incorrectly wire the sensors. Workers corrected the problem and techniciansanbsp;...

Title:Faster, Better, Cheaper
Author: Howard E. McCurdy
Publisher:JHU Press - 2001-11-14

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