Prabal Nandy (nandy@U.Arizona.EDU)
Sat, 15 May 1999 23:20:50 -0700 (MST)


> > vehicles as 'simple' as a Stealth Fighter (far less complex than a MS) are
> > designed by teams of HUNDREDS of highly-experienced engineers. You _can't_
> > point to one person and claim he's the designer.
> I don't know about that. In my company, we have a $12 million tool design
> that has only two dozen people in the design team, and that's about average

  There's a BIG difference between a $12 million dollar tool design and a
military defense program that runs into the $12 BILLION dollar range (Say,
the Stealth Bomber), where (I can say for a fact) you've got teams on the
order of 20 people just working on the _software_ and on simulations of
the software, etc... and with on the order of 10 times that number of
people working on the actual structure itself. Hell, my own department has
40 people employed working full-time on nothing but the _nosecone_ of the
next-generation AAM. And that's just one weapon!
                                                                -Probe

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