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HOW IS NASA's VOYAGER 1 STILL WORKING AFTER 35 YEARS???
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LoP Guest  Wrote: (12-06-2012 02:05 AM)
Mike  Wrote: (12-06-2012 02:03 AM)
For the same reasons PC's of 20+ years ago can be found plentiful and still functioning with all their original factory parts. Newer and faster technologies don't always mean more reliable. Even some of the top class PC hardware you can by today will probably fail in 5 years or so. Shit was made better back then and was less prone to failure largely due to the fact we weren't pushing the envelope with technology as much as we are now.


So you're saying that my touch screen smart phone is inferior when compared to the technology behind Voyager 1 which was made 35 years ago?

LOL

Hell yes.

Your smartphone may have tech that is 1000's times more advanced than the one in voyager 1, but your smartphone was also built to break.
If the construction quality was meant to survive space travel and had a battery that could last at least 100 years, well, then your smartphone, together with a few antennas and extra sensors would be much better than the probe.

Thing is, they built it and launched it. They're not expecting anyone to buy a replacement at anytime.
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It has its own supply of Duct Tape.
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LoP Guest  Wrote: (12-06-2012 02:25 AM)
It has its own supply of Duct Tape.

Jhikpghf

It's a device called Macguyver Dispenser.
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LoP Guest  Wrote: (12-06-2012 02:22 AM)
Solid state high quality American manufacturing. I just replaced my 25 year old washing machine... it wasn't broken, just old. I'm hoping to get at least 3 years out of the replacement.

You'll be lucky.

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Duh, it's magic...I thought everyone knew this
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Radio isotope thermo electric generators.

same as mars rover.

Nuclear material that is decaying all the while and is hot to the touch.
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I just for the heck of it, fired up my 1989 Motorola MicroTAC 9800X cellphone, got "No Service", that was to be expected, because the AMPS carrier protocol was discontinued back in 2008.. point is, they overengineered phones and such back then to take a beating, versus current generation phones are planned to fail within 3-4yrs., to force one to buy the next-gen.
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cosman  Wrote: (12-06-2012 02:49 AM)
I just for the heck of it, fired up my 1989 Motorola MicroTAC 9800X cellphone, got "No Service", that was to be expected, because the AMPS carrier protocol was discontinued back in 2008.. point is, they overengineered phones and such back then to take a beating, versus current generation phones are planned to fail within 3-4yrs., to force one to buy the next-gen.

I've got a nokia from 2000, screen is f@cked, keys are rubbed out and the battery won't hold a charge but it can still make and receive calls.

And it's been to hell and back, dropped from height, submerged in water ( then stripped and dried out ) and thrown against the wall a couple of times.chuckle

But it keeps on going.

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It was designed before the "better/faster/cheaper" MBA's took over NASA.
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Ahkronn  Wrote: (12-06-2012 02:27 AM)
LoP Guest  Wrote: (12-06-2012 02:25 AM)
It has its own supply of Duct Tape.

Jhikpghf

It's a device called Macguyver Dispenser.

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must get the best gas mileage around...

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Schrodingers Cat  Wrote: (12-06-2012 02:04 AM)
It has something like a minature reactor going on, once the solar arrays became depleted this 'reactor' is whats powering the only sole battery onboard. All VOYAGER1 can do is send a 'blip' back to Earth indicating the basic parameters, and that takes something like 15 days to get here and interpret.

35 year battery. Jptdknpa
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WTF?  Wrote: (12-06-2012 02:01 AM)
Not to sound like a conspiracy theorist here but how is voyager 1 still working after 35 years??? Nasa has had so many defective rovers to mars and other satellites malfunctioning in the past and yet this voyager 1 is still working and navigating through space perfectly after 35 years???

Bigger casing=less electronic "packing"/bigger components=less chance of failure. The failure rate of electronics comes more from the manufacturing process than the use (as long as there are not electrical surges). If you open up old electronics you'll see the difference in how things are spaced and how simple the board design is...really easy to work with and much easier to diagnose and fix. Open up a modern piece of hardware and your eyes will pop out from all the crap in there and how tightly packed everything is.
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It's been 'garage kept'. chuckle
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