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New Isn't Always Better

NEW ISN'T ALWAYS BETTER

Many people think that NASA is such an advanced agency that it has the latest and best computers. This is largely untrue. To achieve the sort of reliability that space flight demands means using computers that are behind the state of the art and have acquired a reliability history. For instance, the computers running the space shuttle orbiter in the early 2000s represent a 40- year-old architecture.

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