DailyDirt: Space Robots…

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The satellites we’ve been sending up into space are getting more advanced all the time. Even some of the really old spacecraft we launched in the 1970s have surprisingly continued to operate and perform useful tasks. Here are just a few more examples of space gear that hopefully won’t become space junk anytime soon.

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abc gum says:

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“I guess NASA used to have better quality control in the old days.”

Yes, that was before “Faster Better Cheaper”.

There was a significant increase in the number of failures after implementation of the new NASA mantra and it became readily apparent that one could only have two of the three at any particular time – and changing in mid stream caused all sorts of chaos.

In addition, the old circuitry is much more resistant to the adverse affects of the harsh environment of space. Discrete components have much larger junction dimensions compared to their integrated circuit replacements. High energy particles cause problems in unshielded IC chips, the symptoms of which range from complete failure to bit flip. Redundant systems, error correction and shielding help, but added complexity comes at a price.

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