Friday, April 28, 2006

Soyuz Finally Goes Digital is reporting that Russia's Soyuz TMA spacecraft is about to get a long-overdue digital upgrade, from its current analogue state.

NASA didn't upgrade its Mission Control computers until the 1990's, using the same 'pong-like' screens through Apollo, Sky Lab and the early days of the shuttle.

By switching to Russian-made digital components engineers are decreasing the spacecraft weight and making the compartment more spacious. And seeing as how the Soyuz is currently the ONLY reliable spacecraft we have on the planet, those are good things.

In a few years their long awaited Kliper spacecraft will make its debut. Let's hope they have as much success with it as they have had with the Soyuz....

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