When Malaysian still feels good about space flight, think about Kazakhstan
Read this article from my usual slashdot.org geek newsfeed.
Even the technology hasn’t changed much. The Soyuz spacecraft designed in the mid-1960s is still in service, somewhat modified. It can only be used once, but costs just $25 million. The newest Endeavor space shuttle cost $2 billion, but is reusable.
No, when the Russia space station spoke person make a satire speech about selling Soyuz spacecraft for Malaysia to make next space flight, he mean it.
However, don’t bet that Malaysia government will spent the US$25 millions for the Soyuz spacecraft for reverse engineer, we won’t. Just think of this, for 20+ years, Proton has failed to create a niche car for the hot tropical weather.