MCO: More thoughts on the Martian Climate Orbiter

How many projects have failed in the manner of the MCO, Mars Polar Lander and the Deep Space 2 sub-projects?  Many is the unfortunate answer.  What happened with these probes?  I am placing the full table of analysis here, since NASA seems to be a little slippery with their data stores.  Reference: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/reports/1999/MCO_report.pdf Root Cause…

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WTF: Could F# have saved the Mars Climate Orbiter?

  The Mars Climate Orbiter likely failed due to one sensor passing data in the wrong units to the central processing units on the MCO.  I have created a first cut demonstrating the use of the dimensional analysis capabilities in F#.  It is a simple idea, but one that helps the engineers and scientists to…

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Human Error: Mars Climate Orbiter, Mars Polar Lander and Deep Space 2

Well, could there have been a worse time for unmanned flight than the trio of evil: The vehicles: Mars Climate Orbiter (MCO), Mars Polar Lander (MPL) and Deep Space 2 (DS2) were failures in the terminal and most expensive phase of the flight program.  JPL and NASA made rookie errors in program management and the…

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Checking out the Microsoft Speech Server

Wow, Speech Server is a great product! Unlike Vista Speech Recognition, you can add speech recognition to web sites, use phones to collect data. This came out of some personal research I have been doing. After I spent an hour or so getting my Vista Speech Recognition trained, it worked great! On the other hand…

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Building a Microsoft Speech Server using a VPC

Research is often investigating existing products for your company or school work.  For the students that joined the Imagine Cup Software Design Invitational, you can email me directly.  As a science, technology, engineering or math student, it is likely you have access to most of the software that Microsoft makes.  For a complete list see…

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