Recently, NASA lost a $125 million Mars orbiter because a Lockheed
Martin engineering team used English units of measurement while the
agency's team used the more conventional metric system for a key
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Despite talk at some cocktail parties we've attended recently, the point of this story is not to blame a measurement system, nor to assign fault to either the Lockheed or the JPL team. The metric system is not THAT much better than the English system.
The real problem with this project, and with many others, the reason the Mars orbiter landed so abruptly, was lack of project management. The teams acted independently (this is often a good thing in a technical project) BUT unfortunately, there was no one (apparently) who planned and coordinated their activities. Each team probably did perfectly fine work on its own. But when the results of their fiercely independent efforts merged, crash!
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