[sarex] Re: ISS COMPUTERS NOT UP TO DATE
Victor.Springer at PWGSC.GC.CA
Wed Nov 8 05:19:56 PST 2006
It's amazing how casually we criticize without seeking
explanations. I remember reading a story several years
that explained that the shuttle computers still are
486-based. The reasoning then was that the 486 had been
tested to death, had fewer bugs, and moreover were
fast enough to respond to and control the
mechanics of the shuttle. KISS is still worth
considering when it comes to safety and reliability.
From: sarex-bounces at AMSAT.Org [mailto:sarex-bounces at AMSAT.Org] On Behalf
Of Les Warriner
Sent: Tuesday, November 07, 2006 8:54 PM
To: jwin2485 at bellsouth.net; SAREX at AMSAT.Org
Subject: [sarex] Re: ISS COMPUTERS NOT UP TO DATE
I have always thought that this was a professional organization not a
bunch of kids playing with technology.
At 05:37 PM 11/7/2006, jwin2485 at bellsouth.net wrote:
>Sheesh....it's Y2K all over again! And how many millions (or billions)
>we spent to "upgrade" the shuttles? I find this kinda hard to believe!
> > My first reaction was that this simply HAD to be a parody, such as
> > Onion
> > story about the Mars rovers getting bored and sending snide
> > such luck, apparently.
> > Alan
> > WA4SCA
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