The rantings of a curious man in a very strange world

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Survival engineering

Without a regular schedule I am not going to get anything done, I accept that. So I’m going to restart on a three days a week, Monday-Wednesday-Friday posting schedule. Since leaving I’ve been catching up on some sci-fi shows, films and general discussion. As a result I have a few questions concerning our future space-station engineers.
First, why cold steel, metallic grey interior, space travel is depressing enough without keeping people in giant steel cans. The reasoning is supposedly space travel relies on compact rooms to insure structural integrity. However the vast hangers, wide lunch hall and spacious hallways would not suffer from a centimeter of cheerfully colored plastic. Determining where the drab-colored man-eating alien would be far easier if the corridors weren’t painted from the bucket marked drab alien.
Second, why all the exposed wiring and piping, in not only the maintenance pathways, but everywhere else as well. When in space you don’t want the chance for someone to trip over a wire, turning off power to life support, the airlock or whatever. You should cover those damn things, for safety as well as keeping the little buggers from traversing the hallways, always skirting at the edge of sight. Just as easy as keeping the ship chipper, shielding the pipes and wires from the clumsy worker, or crawling parasite should be a must.
Third, why do you need a crawlspace in the ceiling and the floor when you use the hallways for the pipes? If you didn’t care about aesthetics before why bother covering the wires now? Furthermore, if you are going to have said crawlspace, why have the grating loose and sharp, easily removable and able to stab an innocent technician.
Lastly, why make 180 degree motion trackers? If they are coming from behind your motion tracker isn’t worth shit. Your teammates disappearing behind you will remain a mystery until you end up something’s lunch, or host, or sacrifice etc.. Unless you have a 360 degree motion tracker, or even better a 3d tracker, so the damn critter crawling below you isn’t mistaken for something above you.

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