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NASA Ares 1-X Shuttle Replacement on Launch Pad


NASA Ares 1-X Shuttle Replacement on Launch Pad

Old 10-20-2009, 08:57 AM
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327' Tall vs 184' for Shuttle

Rolled out to Pad 39 B last night. Launch is scheduled for next Tues at 8:00 am

First time since 1975 that Launch Complex 39 has had anything other than a Shuttle on it.
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Exciting! I wish that I could be there. I hope that NASA puts out a photo of the Ares and Atlantis on their pads at the same time. This will be the first time that two different generations of space vehicles will be at LC 39 at THE SAME TIME. Pretty historic.
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Incompetent NASA executive managers ordered the scraping of all parts and tooling for the Saturn V shortly after the beginning of the shuttle program out of fear that the shuttle might be canceled if another launch system was available. Their shameful action cost taxpayers billions to reproduce the heavy launch capability we already had with Saturn V in the new Ares. Admittedly, the Ares can insert considerably more mass into orbit, 410K lbs. vs 260K lbs. for the Saturn V, but to accomplish that it uses solid rocket boosters we know so well from the shuttle program.

Kudos to NASA for getting the Ares onto the pad successfully, but compared to the Saturn V it sure is an ugly SOB. The solid rocket first stage should make for a glorious and colorful display on liftoff.

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