In this gripping video, we learn the (mostly) engineering errors behind these world-class disasters. As an example, the Mars Climate Orbiter crashed because the JPL and Lockheed Martin used different measurements – NASA using metric measurements and Lockheed using the Imperial system. Add to this Spain’s S-81 Isaac Peral: One misplaced decimal point created a submarine too heavy to float.
Rob Spiegel has covered manufacturing for 19 years, 17 of them for Design News. Other topics he has covered include automation, supply chain technology, alternative energy, and cybersecurity. For 10 years, he was the owner and publisher of the food magazine Chile Pepper.