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Why is it important creating standard unit?

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Even within ones own country non standard units can lead to disaster.

The classic tale is the one where the satellite launch was a failure because the US scientist working on the launch had their units in metrics while the engineers on the same launch were using the English system. The launch was a complete failure with the rocket not even making orbit. 

In the US this is still the case today with scientist using the metric system and engeneers using the English system.

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