Hubble Space Telescope power interface console on eBay

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26 Responses to “Hubble Space Telescope power interface console on eBay”

  1. suburbanhick says:

    Send it to Mitt Romney – he can use it to calculate his income taxes!

  2. snagglepuss says:

    Shipping costs are the deal-breaker here. Could anybody help put something that looks like a go-kart mod on the underside of that behemoth and then spot me while I drive it across about 15 state lines ?

    Come to think of it, I’d probably want one of those mylar-balloons-that-look-like heat-seeking-missiles add-ons, too.

  3. xzzy says:

    I wish buttons like that still saw common use. They’re so.. tactile. When you press it, you know something big is going to happen.

  4. dculberson says:

    Probably paid scrap value for it from govliquidation.com and thinks its worth its weight in gold.  It’s neat, but not worth that kind of money!

  5. wolfwitch says:

    Hope he can justify having it. We already know NASA will try to sue him for whatever he gets for it…

  6. Seg says:

    I’d rather see this go to a museum. It’d make a great addition to the Computer History Museum.

  7. nixiebunny says:

    It’s a big power supply. Not very interesting by collectors’ standards. Weighs more than it’s worth.

    The panel of buttons by itself would be worth mounting in a frame and hanging on a wall. Especially if they have cool legends such as “Main B Bus Undervolt”.

  8. David Maag says:

    I would love to see this kludged into a guitar amp.

  9. Anderson Council says:

    Isn’t that Geddy Lee’s new bass rig?

  10. I’d rather see photos of the back of the racks. Wiring complex AV racks is one of the things I do for a living these days, and I’d love to see how the rocket surgeons do it.

    • nixiebunny says:

      They use miles of white Teflon wire and miles of waxed lacing cord. Just like in airplanes.

    • Donald Petersen says:

      Doesn’t let me link directly to it, but there’s one not-very-close-up picture of the back of the racks on the eBay site. Click on the main picture and you’ll see it along the side.

    • Tore Sinding Bekkedal says:

      Telco wiring used to – by far – be the most impressive. Check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uMbpaFp3i4

  11. ffabian says:

    What is it good for? Is there some way to implement this thing for a commercial engineering project or something? Why is it so pricy? 

  12. mtdna says:

    He’s obviously an eBay newb. Everyone knows you’re not supposed to take it out of the box.

  13. Bubba73 says:

    As soon as I win the lottery this is going in my ‘evil lair’ and when I’m done with it I’ll follow Seg’s request.

  14. Newt’s gonna need this to help him scout a suitable landing site on the Moon…

  15. schmittenhammer says:

    I believe this was the prototype for the iPhone, they had a tough time convincing the marketing people it would be a BIG hit……………

  16. emo hex says:

    Can’t wait to see this on the Antiques Road Show. . .

    “and you paid how much for this?”

  17. spacecataz says:

    is that Reed Ghazala?

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