posted on Jun, 17 2012 @ 06:56 PM
If you were to give the Chinese a space shuttle, they wouldn't have a lot of trouble reverse engineering something that LOOKED like a shuttle. If you
took that same shuttle back 50 or 60 years even, it would be EXTREMELY difficult to do. Farther back, and it would be impossible.
There is a wonderful example of how difficult it is to reverse engineer, when you look at the Boeing 727. Boeing sold three 727 aircraft to what was
then "Red China" as a goodwill gesture. Later, Joe Sutter of Boeing was visiting Beijing, when he was shown a fourth aircraft that APPEARED to be a
727. Externally, it looked just like the other three. Upon closer inspection, several things stood out immediately, one being that the control yoke
would be impossible to move without the strength of several gorillas. Luckily they never flew the aircraft.
That was trying to reverse engineer something that is built of similar technology. I'm not saying it's impossible, but it's not as easy as a lot of
people assume it would be to do.
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