It’s the little things that add up

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Somewhere over the earth, someone's handkerchief is orbiting.

Spaceheads around the Air Force have to be asking themselves one question: Who the hell snagged their sleeve in the satellite?

OK, maybe it’s not that simple. But a Government Accountability Office report found that a small piece of cloth stuck in a fuel line might have caused the problems the Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite has suffered. The satellite will reach its intended altitude nearly a year late.

Launch and operational delays have cost the government $250 million, according to the report. That’s some expensive cloth.

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