The failed undocking of Europe’s ATV cargo craft from ISS earlier this week occurred because the astronauts used the wrong computer code.


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The failed undocking of Europe’s ATV cargo craft from ISS earlier this week occurred because the astronauts used the wrong computer code.

They have rescheduled the undocking now for Friday.

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  • Patrick Ritchie

    This feels like a classic example of a bad user interface. As a software engineer I see this kind of thing all the time. The article is light on specifics, but if there is only one ATV attached to the station then it would seem reasonable to assume that there is only one valid identification code. Attempting to select, let alone issue a command to a non-matching code should result in a clear indicator of that fact.

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