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April 23, 2006


Paul Tomblin

The other joke is that if the guys designing the Hubble had been allowed to talk to the guys across the hall behind the security doors, they never would have made the mistake with the mirror design.


As I understand it, the problem with the mirror was a manufacturing error rather than a design problem. The mirror manufacturer (Perkins-Elmer) failed to do proper quality-assurance checking because they were apparently getting out of the business anyway. Which suggests that the spy-satellite makers buy their mirrors from someone else.


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