May 11

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Software Update Destroys $286 Million Japanese Satellite:

The Japanese X-ray telescope Hitomi has been declared lost after it disintegrated in orbit, torn apart when spinning out of control. The cause is still under investigation but early analysis points to bad data in a software package pushed shortly after an instrument probe was extended from the rear of the satellite. JAXA, the Japanese space agency, lost $286 million, three years of planned observations, and a possible additional 10 years of science research.

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One Response to “Software Update Destroys $286 Million Japanese Satellite”

  1. squodgy Says:

    Windows again.

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