[FPSPACE] Re: Russian space priesthood
Dwayne Allen Day
Thu, 28 Sep 2000 18:58:13 -0400 (EDT)
On Thu, 28 Sep 2000, Robert G Kennedy III wrote:
> Keith Gottschalk wrote:
> > At last the nonsense of insisting space tourists must spend
> > Can the above be learnt within one 8 hour day? That might
> >encourage a few more millionaire customers.
> Good idea, although I bet the "space priesthood" in Russia would hate it.
> So would the domestic version over here. You'd have to refit/re-engineer
> Mir a bit, e.g. putting red stickers/paint/labels over every
> control/button/lever that is verboten, on pain of getting the offender
> spaced (tossed out the airlock sans suit).
While it is certainly possible to design a much better Soyuz interior, the
key issue is cost. The Russians have chosen to not replace the Soyuz and
they probably chose this route because it would cost money. So spending
significant cash to make a "Soyuz glass cockpit" seems unlikely.
On another note--I wonder if there is a height requirement for being a
contestant on "Destination Mir"?