From time to time a comment on the DoD Military Specification (Mil Spec) for brownies comes around. Here is the latest version. And here is the actual Mil Spec in PDF format (all 26 pages). You will note right away that it is in the archaic Inch-Pound format.♠
The hat tip goes to Instapundit who linked to this with a comment about not being confident in Gov't managed health care (insurance) with this kind of thing running around.
Regards — Cliff
♠ You laugh, but the Shuttle replacement is being built in the old Imperial system (which I favor, since it makes sense), because the cost of converting the old drawings is estimated to be $370 million dollars. And we have also lost space craft; per New Scientist:
Indeed, NASA lost an unmanned mission owing to a mix-up between metric and imperial units. In September 1999, its $125 million Mars Climate Orbiter probe was destroyed because its attitude-control system used imperial units but its navigation software used metric units. As a result, it was 100 kilometres too close to Mars when it tried to enter orbit around the planet.I blame Congress.