[FPSPACE] Energiya / MirCorp get realistic
28 Sep 2000 01:10:37 +0200
> They also gave up
>teaching Tito Russian and will instead fly two
>cosmonauts on his flight (Musabayev and Baturin, IIRC).
At last the nonsense of insisting space tourists must spend
a year learning Russian has ended. Only eighty years after
KLM started to fly passengers without insisting they learn
Dutch :) :) :)
It is cheaper to stick bilingual labels where needed, saying
"Open", "Shut", "On" and "Off". There are even language-free
icons for that sort of thing, eg, the convention of icons
"O" and "1".
Now Energiya / MirCorp's next learning curve (necessity
is the mother of invention) is to ditch the childish expense
of pretending space passengers need to spend a year learning
to be an astronaut.
All passengers need learn & practice is
* how to use the toilet - hands on participatory learning,
repeated in the afternoon;
* how to use a fire extinguisher;
* how to put on an oxygen mask;
* how to scramble into a docked Soyuz TM;
* sign a written contract to obey the captain, & touch
nothing without asking first.
Can the above be learnt within one 8 hour day? That might
encourage a few more millionaire customers.