Ariane 5 Flight 501

Ariane 5 Flight 501

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Flight 501, which took place on June 4, 1996, was the first, and unsuccessful, test flight of the European Ariane 5 expendable launch system. Due to an error in the software design, the rocket veered off its flight path 37 seconds after launch and was destroyed by its automated self-destruct system when high aerodynamic forces caused the core of the vehicle to disintegrate. It is one of the most infamous computer bugs in history. As it was an unmanned flight, there were no victims, but the breakup caused the loss of four Cluster mission spacecraft, resulting in a loss of more than US$370 million.
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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 7mm | 177g
  • United States
  • English
  • 6136612453
  • 9786136612454