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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Shuttle Falls to Last Place In JD Power Quality Survey

Posted by a4g @ 7/13/2005 07:01:00 AM

An embarrasing setback occurred yesterday for NASA technicians readying the shuttle Discovery for launch when a temporary window covering fell off, damaging some of the heat-resistant tiles on the tail. Although quickly repaired, the mishap caps a long series of setbacks and problems for the aging shuttle fleet.


The shuttle falls below the dreadful Mercedes E-Class in initial quality

Now comes word that the prestigious JD Power Inital Quality Survey has ranked the shuttle dead last, below such problem-causers as the Mercedes-Benz E Class and the Nissan Quest.

"This is a real black eye for NASA," said Waylon Post, a science writer with the Houston Press-Examiner. "They've been working overtime to create the first truly non-exploding shuttle, but even just sitting still on the launch platform, the thing seems to have an innate desire to come apart."

Besides the temporary window problem, JD Power cites frequently problematic toilets, lackluster braking, poorly designed driver instrumentation, and frequent disintegration, as among the shuttle's problems.

NASA, for their part, has tried to quell public fears by completely redesigning many of the systems on the aging shuttle fleet, and by replacing the crew of trained astronauts with the cast of Bravo's Being Bobby Brown.

"If there is to be a problem on this mission, we're trying to make sure there's an upside in the tragedy. Nobody wants to see astronauts die."

Still, the general concensus was that "the exploration of space must go on," although it was unclear what new insights the low-earth orbit reachable by the shuttle could offer.

Tasks on this mission include testing to see if bananas still peel into three strips in reduced gravity, and several days of photography contracted by Google Maps.

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At 7/13/2005 01:52:00 PM, Blogger Doug ...
That's what happens when you bass a $4.1 million set of speakers.
 
At 7/13/2005 02:10:00 PM, Blogger a4g ...
And to top it off, the damn c.1974 cupholders won't fit a Double Gulp.
 
At 7/13/2005 06:26:00 PM, Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy ...
They should have stuck with a boring, but JD Powers kick-ass GM-UAW product!
(Not that I'm biased, or anything).

LOL on the Bobby Brown stuff!
 

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