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 spacecraft operation, according to a review finding released Thursday. The units mismatch prevented navigation information from transferring between the Mars Climate Orbiter spacecraft team at Lockheed Martin in Denver and the flight team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
From CNN, a news story on a bug that could have been found by a good set of design reviews.
Chapter 3, Reviews, of the Advanced syllabus contains the following five sections:
2. Management Reviews and Audits
3. Managing Reviews
4. Metrics ...