Questions that should be asked
Posted Feb 22, 2013 9:42 UTC (Fri) by man_ls
Parent article: ABS: Android in space
I don't know if this article was meant as a great feat of engineering, but it looks a bit shoddy to me.
- The reason to send the robot up to space seems contrived at the least. What kind of menial tasks can be done with such a slow thing? I think that it was done mostly because it looks cool.
- Why not hook up all those sensors with sensible communication devices so that readings are sent automatically to base? Retrofitting remote sensors would be a much more permanent solution.
- The project was rushed for no good reason; why not take the three years and certify everything properly?
- Sending AA batteries to space? I hope they are at least rechargeable batteries; however wasting millions sending fungible chemicals to space would be in line with the rest of the article.
- Many companies build custom smartphones; it is not difficult to do. They will probably have higher quality than stock models built to last a year or two at most. Chasing Best Buy companies may make a good story though.
- Given that ISS computers run XP, it is understandable that this project was seen as an engineering marvel.
It is a pity that the glorious days of space exploration have passed, but I don't see that as a reason to send such flakey stuff up to space.
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