What is “space flight participant” in NASA term? (Are “some” Malaysians still stand tall and feel good about it?)

Posted On 11/10/2007

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Seems more and more things on the earth are entering wikipedia.

If you look for Space tourism, one line will make all Malaysian (except those politikus, including Bedoh) :

NASA Public Affairs has used the term Spaceflight Participant to designate space tourists. Tito, Shuttleworth, Olsen, Ansari, and Simonyi were designated as such during their respective space flights.

And some people even so passion and say this is a “big step for Malaysia to leap on space technology”.

Oh my, are you serious? Do you really know what the heck is “space technology”. It is an intensive application of physics and engineering. How is it possible when none of Malaysia university are able to make it to rank 500 of world university ranking.

And the best example are the automobile industry. With 20++ years, tens of billions funds spend on the national car project, we produce almost ZERO breakthrough automobile technology. Malaysia are only niche on “procure parts” on proton car. All this parts are actually make by getting pattern from outside Malaysia.

Some might argue that Malaysia national car project is different compare to spaceflight technology. OMG, come on, if you can’t get the simple physics rights, how can you leap forward? For example, even under hot tropical weather, did the engineer in Proton EVER though of making a niche breakthrough for it? NO. Today, all Malaysia car still a copycat of on warm weather country.

And spaceflight technology is simply an extend from it : from engines to the tyres, air-conditioning, car seat to air bag design, all are about physics, science of maintainability.

Today, the highly recognize entry for the space project are the <a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ansari_X_Prize”>Ansari X Prize</a> . And Malaysia government and university are yet to show any interest to enter the competition.  First step? Maybe year 5057.

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