International Spaceflight Museum Update: SL Sims Get Full Funding by Donor, Volunteers Promise Site Revamp
More good news for SL's International Spaceflight Museum, which was returned to the grid last meek after unpaid bills, community outcry, Linden intercession, etc. "The ISM has received a pledge of FULL ISLAND FUNDING for both Spaceport Alpha and Spaceport Bravo," longtime museum volunteer Katherine Prawl (Kat Lemieux in SL) tells me. The donor wishes to remain anonymous (for now at least), but "The funding doesn't have a termination date." So for now, it seems, the International Spaceflight Museum will again become a regular part of SL.
However, this doesn't mean the ISM will continue to look as it did in 2006-2007, when it was first created. Many have pointed out that the site, while a historical landmark in SL, is also showing its prim and script-heavy, pre-sculpty, pre-mesh age, But Kat tells me that it's starting to be revamped in the run-up to its official re-opening next month:
"Revamping will include removing extraneous prims and scripts, replacing those that are considered desirable with updated versions," she says. "Many objects predate sculpties and mesh, and we can save a lot of prims by replacing them. Older scripts might be less laggy if updated, too. We are adding some new exhibits, and over time we'll replace those for which we don't have written copyright licenses and full SL permissions." Sounds like a second life for the International Spaceflight Museum in both senses of the term.