Space Shuttle Using Parts Bought On eBay

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NASA built the space shuttle a long time ago using state of the art parts. Well, obviously, over the years the state of the art has advanced quite a bit, but the space shuttles are still the same. So, where does NASA go to pick up replacement parts? Apparently, eBay and Yahoo's auction site are their shopping venues of choice (though, admittedly, these are for servicing and support gear - and not the shuttle itself). They're trying to hoard older computer parts, like the old 8086 chip. They say they're only buying in bulk, so it's unlikely they'll want your junked PC that's been collecting dust in the basement.
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  • identicon
    sb, 13 May 2002 @ 7:48pm

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    something strikes me as very weird
    cant they replace some of this shit?
    8 floppy drives?
    just convert the damn boards to use newer drive?

    no?

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    • identicon
      mhh5, 13 May 2002 @ 8:49pm

      it's not weird at all...

      NASA needs to make sure that everything works. And it's probably cheaper to use the "old" parts than to test "new" hardware for incompatibilities. I'm sure if the old parts became impossible to find or too expensive, then NASA _would_ convert to newer parts.....

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      Anonymous Coward, 13 May 2002 @ 9:07pm

      Re: No Subject Given

      Scuttle the shuttle give us S.S.T.O.- Having a ship fall apart to get to its destination seems to me as outdated as an 8086 ;)

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