You read it?
NASA did not fund the space pen, had nothing to do with it, they bought some, as did the Russians, but didn't develop or pay for its development.
They did pay some stupid price
for pencils, I don't know anything about that.
I've been around some Military procurement, more often that not insane prices are paid because some civilian wrote a ridiculous requirement into the contract
, often I believe to ensure who wins, but many times a Commercial
off the shelf item would have worked.
An example may be in the contract
there is language that a pencil would have to have been demonstrated to write in minus 50 degree weather
, surprise, only one brand has test data to support that
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