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RE: ???(Offtopic) (was RE: A simple guy with a simple problem)
- From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <email@example.com>
- To: david barnes <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2001 09:04:35 -0600
Problem became, they weren't the only ones
who could choose. Take a look at how
much money just went down the tubes on
the reusuable shuttle program.
How it gets almost done faster, simpler, cheaper:
1. They had a design. They got to work.
2. Reagan changed his mind or forgot what
he said. Congress issues new orders.
3. They respond with a new design. They
go back to work.
4. Reagan wants to help Gorbachav. He
orders NASA to work with the Soviets.
Good political move; very complicated
management problem. Good engineers
on both sides having to learn to speak
the same language and get over decades
of mistrust. Repeat Step 3.
5. Reagan goes away. Bush steps in.
Bush has new economic plans and there is a
short war which sucks up the budget. Repeat step 3.
6. Bush goes away. Clinton comes
in. Clinton doesn't care. Things stabilize.
7. The thing gets to orbit. It
is underpowered, smaller than planned, has
very noisy fans. Is close to obsolete
the day it is opened. The design changes
make a lot of the proposed applications
impossible. It is simpler but also
of limited utility.
8 Repeat Step 3.
An interesting comment from my son's godfather
about Skylab: "We orbited it and after three
crews realized we were quickly running out
of interesting things to do there."
And the Mir is heading to the Pacific. All
good friends in OZ and NZLand: DUCK!
Ekam sat.h, Vipraah bahudhaa vadanti.
Daamyata. Datta. Dayadhvam.h
From: david barnes [mailto:email@example.com]
as they said at nasa:
simple, faster, cheaper