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The Challenger Rocket
The devastating explosion of the Challenger rocket in 1986 led to an important investigation to understand the cause of the failure. Probability aids in explaining the malfunction of the shuttle.
Lithotripsy - A Medical Application of the Ellipse
Lithotripsy is the process of fragmenting painful kidney stones. The lithotripter is successful because of the reflective property of an ellipsoid.
Navigation
Two successful navigation systems known as Loran (Long Range Navigation) and GPS (Global Positioning System) are based on the principles of the hyperbola and the circle, as well as the idea of trilateration.
 
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