Friday, September 15, 2006

New Panels for ISS Alpha

The Washington Post reports that International Space Station Alpha has a new set of solar panels. This is an accomplishment and I congratulation them but I just have to say this is one hell of a way to run a railroad.

I would think it would be better to have a crew of generalists up there to construct the station and use big dumb boosters to launch all the components in a short amount of time. Then you put them together in a continuous effort until it is done.

The way NASA is doing it is job security for the Shuttle program and for Mission Control and Mission Planning. We could save a lot of money by not training for every turn of the wrench.

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