Your Xbox 360 is More Than 100 Times More Powerful Than The Space Shuttle’s Flight Computer

Well there’s something I wasn’t expecting to read today.

In honor of the Space Shuttle Atlantis’s final launch, my hometown newspaper, The Huntsville Times, put together a list of fun facts about the space shuttle. no. 1 was pretty surprising.

An Xbox 360 has far more power than the flight computer

The flight computer aboard the space shuttle has less than one percent of the power of an Xbox 360 game console. Astronauts load programs directing the phases of a mission – liftoff, orbit, landing – into the computer one at a time after removing the program for the previous segment. Why hasn’t NASA upgraded the computer? The agency values its 30-year history of reliability. That said, astronauts don’t go into space with only one computer. Crew laptops and other laptops also make the trip.

So NASA hasn’t updated the shuttle’s flight computer in 30 years, and yet space travel is still so expensive that the government keeps cutting funding for it? I think I smell some bulls–t here. There’s only so much of my disbelief that I can suspend, oh government of mine.

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8 Comments on Your Xbox 360 is More Than 100 Times More Powerful Than The Space Shuttle’s Flight Computer

Russell

On July 9, 2011 at 6:03 am

Perhaps you should read between the lines: “The flight computer aboard the space shuttle has less than one percent of the power of an Xbox 360 game console.”

“Why hasn’t NASA upgraded the computer? The agency values its 30-year history of reliability.”

So 30 years ago, Nasa had a computer equivalent to an xbox 360, which at the time of release was about as fast as an average custom built PC. So fast forward another 30 years, they probably have something so ahead of its time its not even funny..

Jack

On July 9, 2011 at 8:47 am

I bet the Shuttle’s computer is more then 100 times more reliable then any Xbox

billbones

On July 9, 2011 at 10:24 am

as a above obviously reliability and also maybe if the computer is basic and having to reprogramme certain commands there is less room for mistakes and also less to breakdown or go wrong and a quick soloution maybe found if theres less that can go wrong ?? ( if that makes sense lol )

SupremeAllah

On July 9, 2011 at 1:18 pm

I doubt the shuttle’s computers Red Ring on you.

faggot

On July 9, 2011 at 7:34 pm

what about a ps3?

Aids

On July 10, 2011 at 2:20 am

PS3 is over clocked piece of .

Russell

On July 10, 2011 at 6:02 am

dude they were using ps3 to launch missiles lol…

E.T.

On July 11, 2011 at 6:16 pm

If it aint broke, dont fix it. its not like all that money went to 20yr old space shuttles,they have satallites searching the universe for life and their sending people to mars before long, that is if the human race can stop sucking at life