# What was the design failure that Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory is alluding to?

I was looking through old saved urls and when an old Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory press release link didn't work, it sent me to the PageNotFound page, where I saw the image below.

It seems to relate to a spacecraft or actually a whole project called Transit, and a design failure.

Question: What is likely to be the design failure that APL is alluding to here? I can see that this object is broken, but I don't know if there is a particularly interesting story behind this, or if it's just an old photo that was handy, like the cute Stack Exchange panda.

According to the page:

• I've used the identify-this-object tag since we probably don't need a separate "identify this failure" tag. – uhoh Jun 5 '18 at 12:05