[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next] - [Date Index][Thread Index][Author Index]

Re: Antennas on the bird

> You have read the code correctly and your hopes are
> misplaced.  I am certain those valves were never designed
> to be beaten about this way.

> > I just have this mental image of a solenoid-operated valve cranking away
> like a
> > doorbell buzzer. That's probably mistaken, I hope.

Well, I'm at a disadvantage because I don't know what the words that get called
inside MANY_ARMS do. I sometimes do kinda wish the flight software was open
source. Then I think about hackers/vandals..."security by obscurity" is not the
best design, but I do understand the feeling. 

Thing is, what they seem to have been doing then is pretty likely what *I* would
have done. It's a shame we don't have the resources to do what is often done by
The Big Kids; i.e. have multiple builds of a particular spacecraft in the shop
with one on-orbit...and when you get in one of these situations where you're
making it up as you go along you get to try stuff out on a machine that you can
touch, where you can discover the difference betweemn theory and practice in
relative safety. Like OV-101 "Enterprise", never inteded to reach orbit... 

 73 de Maggie

-----/___.   _)   Margaret Stephanie Leber    / "The art of progress  /
----/(, /|  /| http://voicenet.com/~maggie   / consists of preserving/
---/   / | / |  _   _   _    `  _AOPA 925383/ order amid change and /
--/ ) /  |/  |_(_(_(_/_(_/__(__(/_  FN20hd / change amid order."   /
-/ (_/   '  K3XS  .-/ .-/    ARRL 39280   /___ --A.N.Whitehead ___/
/____ICQ 7161096_(_/_(_/__AMSAT 32844____/ <maggie@voicenet.com>
Via the amsat-bb mailing list at AMSAT.ORG courtesy of AMSAT-NA.
To unsubscribe, send "unsubscribe amsat-bb" to Majordomo@amsat.org