The laws of spacecraft design, or the laws of life?

Tuesday, 22 January, 2013

Akin’s Laws of Spacecraft Design… though I think the application of some of these need not be restricted to spacecraft design:

  • At the start of any design effort, the person who most wants to be team leader is least likely to be capable of it
  • In nature, the optimum is almost always in the middle somewhere. Distrust assertions that the optimum is at an extreme point
  • A bad design with a good presentation is doomed eventually. A good design with a bad presentation is doomed immediately
  • Half of everything you hear in a classroom is crap. Education is figuring out which half is which
  • You can’t get to the moon by climbing successively taller trees

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