Kotaku - Space Shuttle Atlantis is fueled, packed with astronauts, supplies and experiments, and waiting to roar its way into space as part of STS-135, the space shuttle program's final mission.
They must not be safe in space.
Actually they wouldn't be safe if the 360 was the main computer on the shuttle. The reason for them having a simple computer on board the shuttle is that more complex machinery is more prone to failure and they need as reliable a system as humanly possible. Something the 360 is not...
Not to mention the shuttle was made using 80s technology
Maybe you have not heard, all the new smaller xbox models are very reliable.
I knew they were cancelling the shuttle program and cutting back, but wow.... /lol Of course, though. Most things are done remotely on these missions, anyway, right?
Perjoss If you were going to space would you trust your 360 to be your primary computer controlling everything?
Actually they are. Using OS and tech would cause a lot of money. At least with what they have now they know they are much secure and it's a really simple software which can be really stable. Don't want to update to something and have years of trying to make it stable with their equipment.
exactly which makes it such a pain when working at NASA. Everything is ancient. I can't tell you how many legacy systems we have. Pretty much everything NASA uses is either built by them or contractors.
Our calculators are more powerful now than the computers they used to send the first man to the moon and back.
Lets hope they don't get the red ring when in flight. That would be bad.
. The Xbox 360 Is More Powerful than the Space Shuttle’s Flight Computer...but can the 360 take you on a trip to the INTL space station...lol. Don't kid your self...everything in a space shuttle is designed for a very specific reason and designed to run in very different/extreme conditions than a PC here on ground zero.
LOL, old news. They keep old tech in the space shuttle due to ironing out bugs and keeping it stable so it does not crash etc. Imagine 360 red ring.
Houston we have a RROD.
lol BreakNeck, U MAD
31 seconds from launch we have a failure
Simple hardware and software design are easier to debug and less chance of bugs. That is why the earth PC that are hundreds of time more powerful crashes thousands or millions of times more often than Space Shuttle computer. You can't afford random computer error while the Space Shuttle is flight.
who cares , we went to the moon in 60's tech that my old mobile can make more calculations than.
they probably use high end pcs usin consoles is suiside as consoles use pre 2006 technology. YES even a 2006 high end pc will destroy ps3 and 360 combined in raw power
yeah but unfortunetly the space rogram is dead and looks like the lovely government doesn't want us making progress
Its not dead. We have the James Webb Telescope going up soon to replace/assist the Hubble telescope. GPM is going up soon to replace the satellite i work on
If I remember correctly, congress pulled funding for that in late June, so now it won't go up any sooner than around 2017-2020. The uncertainty of our space program is the worst thing about retiring the shuttle with no clear reliable successor, and at the rate our country is declining it's quit possible we may never go back to space on our own ships again. ;_;
Anyone remember how stable msdos was? Yeah, that's why they haven't upgraded.
Kudakadere. You mean, you went into space, flew around for 3 days, took some excellent footage from high altitude jet with tv camera onboard, then got astronauts in area 51(where they trained btw)filmed them, coke can was shown on original footage in australia, nasa controls transmission and it looks like grainy shit. All footage of original flight is destroyed, all the pilots who knew the shuttle was a piece of garbage were killed. Nobody has been to the moon then or now, no other country has been to the moon. Because they cannot.
Houston we are approaching the moon's surface Houston we are 1 mile out Houston a red ring is on all our screens! Houston our ship is on fire! Houston an Alien Ship attacking us now! Houston writing on the alien ship reads, P S 3 60GB!
Because aliens use human symbols.
because humans like jokes smart cookie
What a really really pointless article. The space shuttle's computer would only need to do mathematical calculations, a feat that any computer can do. It doesn't need to run the physics of millions of particles in a video game.
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