posted on Aug, 29 2009 @ 10:50 AM
Originally posted by stumason
reply to post by kiwifoot
You make a grand assumption there. Done on the cheap? How so?
Or is this a veiled stab at anyone "non-American" who has the audacity to go into space without US help? Obviously, without American help, everyone
Maybe it just got hit by a micrometeor, or a Solar radiation, or maybe those pesky Aliens shot it down? To assume this is just down to "doing it on
the cheap" is silly.
From your link:
Powered by a single solar panel generating about 700 watts, the Isro probe carries five Indian-built instruments and six constructed in other
countries, including the US, Britain and Germany.
Seems it was done with others and although it only cost £45 million, this is alot of money in India and will buy you alot.
[edit on 29/8/09 by stumason]
No my friend, not a dig at them at all!
And yes it's built internationally, and costs £45 million, but the recent LRO mission had a budget of $583 million, so yes it's safe to say they
did it on the cheap.
I'm just of the opinion that if you're going to do something, do it right, and spend that bit extra to make sure it works! It wouldn't have
mattered if NASA themselves had made this probe, the budget was so small the mission always ran the risk of a malfunction, as do even the high budget
missions, but the cheap ones, more so.
Oh and you don't have to tell me how much £53 million would buy over there! I lived there for 6 years (Madras, now Chennai, Tamil Nadu) and am well
aware of the poverty.
Edit to add that I agree with you in that it could have been anything though, but it always seems the poorly funded missions that come undone!
[edit on 29-8-2009 by kiwifoot]