You don’t hear much about the self-destruct mechanism anymore. I’d think that, when designing a spaceship, the self-destruct system would be on the wish list but would be one of the first things to fall away when budget cuts kick in.
“Look, none of us knew that the cost of titanium was going to go up like it has, but a spaceship needs an outer skin. There’s no getting around it. You’re either going to have to increase the budget by a couple billion or—and I know you won’t like this—you’ll have to save the self-destruct mechanism for phase two.”
Reading back over that, it occurred to me that I might be watching too much HGTV.