Saturday, April 26, 2003

Tech Lessons from Russia

Tonight Yuri Malenchenko (Russia) and Edward Lu (USA) are heading to the international space station in the Russian Soyuz TMA-2 capsule.

I was listening to Bob McDonald the other day, and he was talking about the Russian space program's philosophy of simple "if it ain't broke don't fix it" technology, and since NASA's shuttles aren't running, this rocket technology from the 60s is the only way to get to space right now. The space station needs more energy to keep it up there, and the astronauts want to come home before they go wiggy. And since it's a tried-and-true method of travel - (sadly) safer than the shuttles - they're going up!

This is cool. And it makes me remember the story about NASA spending a ton of money and labour developing a pen that could write while in space, whereas the Russians decided to use pencils.

There are lessons here...

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