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NASA Thinks Webb's Construction Is A Good Example To Emulate

By Keith Cowing
June 26, 2012
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Now Everyone Can Build a Satellite Like NASA: Online!
“Make your game choices carefully and you could build a satellite very similar to NASA’s next-generation James Webb Space Telescope, the original inspiration for this game. …Build It Yourself: Satellite” gives everyone a chance to be an engineer and an astronomer by learning about the different instruments that can go on different kinds of space-observing satellites, and seeing what kind of cosmic discoveries they might make. Hopefully it will inspire someone to become a real engineer or a space scientist.”
Keith’s note: Too bad this game is not totally realistic so as to let people play with schedule and cost. This way they’d REALLY learn how NASA satellites are built (or not built). Another useful feature would be the ability of one game to affect other user’s games when costs go up to mimic the ability of Webb to suck money out of other projects. What SMD should have chosen for emulation is one of the Mars Science Rovers – THAT is good spacecraft design – one worthy of use in inspiring the next generation – not the bloated and tardy Webb.

NASA Watch founder, Explorers Club Fellow, ex-NASA, Away Teams, Journalist, Space & Astrobiology, Lapsed climber.