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    Originally posted by Targanon View Post
    Love their version of a moving map LOL.. but pretty low tech answer to a high problem... Love it..
    i always really liked it too.

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      Afaik this story is fake/propaganda but still fun and fits well here. It goes: back when the US and USSR have been working on the first ventures to space, the US threw some million Dollars into research to invent a ballpoint pen that would work in a zero G environment... the USSR just gave their pilots a bunch of pencils and sharpeners.



      True or not: morale here is that low-tech works too / sometimes even is the better solution.

      I really love the Mi-24s paper map for being one of these easy but effective solutions and i'm all agog to see it in action.
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        The space pen was funded entirely as a private venture. The pencils were a fire hazard. The moral of the story is that low-tech isn't guaranteed to be the best solution.

        And by God do I want to be able to throw money at a Hind in DCS.

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          The pencils were a fire hazard.
          Were they ?

          Yes, NASA ran the capsules at a higher % of oxygen, but they also ran the capsules at well below atmospheric pressure, to get a partial pressure for the oxygen levels equivalent to that on earth.

          NASA did have a catastrophic fire on a capsule, but that was more a case of crazy human error (they wanted to pressure test the capsule with crew on board, so pushed the capsule up to atmospheric pressure + 5 lb/in^2 - which meant there was an insanely oxygen rich atmosphere, and a spark sent the module up like a torch.) than there being such a fire hazard in the crew compartments that the couldn't use a pencil in case it burst into flames.
          Cheers.

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            Originally posted by Weta43 View Post

            Were they ?

            Yes, NASA ran the capsules at a higher % of oxygen, but they also ran the capsules at well below atmospheric pressure, to get a partial pressure for the oxygen levels equivalent to that on earth.

            NASA did have a catastrophic fire on a capsule, but that was more a case of crazy human error (they wanted to pressure test the capsule with crew on board, so pushed the capsule up to atmospheric pressure + 5 lb/in^2 - which meant there was an insanely oxygen rich atmosphere, and a spark sent the module up like a torch.) than there being such a fire hazard in the crew compartments that the couldn't use a pencil in case it burst into flames.
            There was a concern that the graphite (or lead) particles shed from the pencil from writing would find themselves in circuitry and short them out, thus potentially causing an electrical fire. I'm unaware of any problems that actually occurred due to pencils and believe they were still used extensively by all parties in addition to grease pencils (of which the paper is probably a bigger fire hazard!).

            Honestly, the big reason why they wanted to use pens is because the ink is permanent and can't get smudged like pencils can. Thus, the Soviets bought a bunch of space pens, too.

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              You lot still arguing about pen vs pencil? Snopes has you covered on this:
              https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/the-write-stuff/

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                Originally posted by Buzzles View Post
                You lot still arguing about pen vs pencil? Snopes has you covered on this:
                https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/the-write-stuff/
                Bringing facts to an internet argument is borderline unsportsmanlike conduct

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