October 22, 2003
And the moral of the story is...

Now this has to be expensive.

Following procedures and doing the documentation is dull, but you had better do it anyway.

Via the effbot.

Now, of course, people are thankfully moving away from documentation and procedure heavy methodologies these days. But if you feel that a procedure or document is unnecessary, get it removed from the procedures that you are using. Don't just not follow them.

Once, fifteen years ago or so, when I was an operator (and a young know-nothing), I didn't bother to fill in a form when printing cheques. The batch of cheques got lost by someone, and the company didn't know which range of cheque numbers to cancel. I nearly lost my job over it.

Posted to Science and technology by Simon Brunning at October 22, 2003 05:20 PM

The total budget for the current set of NOAA satellites (NOAA-K, L, M, N, and N') is around $1,600 million (mandatory overruns not included ;-).

About 70% of that is spacecraft costs.

The one that fell over was NOAA-N' (you can see NOAA-N in the background in the last photo on that page); the N series is designed to replace a couple of military weather satellites, so I'm assuming that they are a bit more expensive than their predecessors; let's say $250,000,000 a piece.

You can buy lots of bolts for that amount of money.

Posted by: Fredrik Lundh on October 26, 2003 04:48 PM
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