This crossed my
radar screen sensor fusion network thanks to the folks at TWIV. What does it have to do with virology? Nothing!
In a recent posting [stderr] about the most excellent F-35, we considered the problem of cockpit switches versus touch screens – high tech versus “simple and works.” One thing I did not bother to mention is that you can have tactile switches that are software-programmable. Each switch can be individually hard-wired or field programmable, but you still don’t have to fumble around with a touch-pad. And, if you’re like me, you probably assumed that nobody makes those old-school proper switches any more – and you’d be wrong.
Concord Aerospace: [ca] makes switches for your space shuttle simulator, B-52 cockpit, or desktop. They are delightful.
I have not purchased any to check them out; they don’t look like cheap plastic crap(tm) though. They appear to be powder-coated castings with silicone boots to keep dust and puke out of the electronics. Also, in the interest of actual flighty stuff, where crew are wearing bulky space-suits instead of $400,000 carbon fiber cinema-hoods on their heads, there are protective bolsters to keep a pilot from accidentally powering off the air scrubber or something useful like that.
You can get them with custom printing; if I were still playing a lot of Elite I would totally be building myself a button-box based on these switches. Fortunately for me, I am not.
The folks at Concord Aerospace also have a sense of humor:
Personally, I’m shocked that the JEWISH SPACE LASER doesn’t have an internet-based control plane, perhaps secured with TLS and a password: (‘spacelaser123’)
Their copy is pretty arch, too:
Entertain your inner conspiracy theorist with the Concord Aerospace JEWISH SPACE LASER ACTIVATION PANELS.
Do you think Oxygen is overrated?
Are forests getting in your way?
Do you already own a SPACE LASER but it lacks that certain “CHOSENNESS” factor?
If your answer is yes, then you are in luck!
Notice the different protective bales on the switches? These guys are serious about their switches.