Something You Didn't Know About the Ares I-X

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Courtesy of National Geographic's web site, here's something you probably didn't know about the Ares I-X:

The Ares I-X test rocket is similar in size and mass to the real deal. But only the first stage includes working hardware: four solid rocket boosters adapted from an Atlas V rocket, a motor, and a set of newly designed parachutes.​

Isn't it cool how NASA made the "four solid rocket boosters adapted from an Atlas V rocket" look just like a shuttle's SRB? What's the extra motor do?

:)

For the record, the Ares I-X is using a four-segment solid rocket motor from the shuttle, not four motors from an Atlas. It is using avionics hardware from the Atlas V, though.

-- Roger
 
I believe I read somewhere that these are 'out dated' segments - they have been in storage too long and are no longer usable for a man-rated flight. Nasa got them *cheap*.
 
I believe I read somewhere that these are 'out dated' segments - they have been in storage too long and are no longer usable for a man-rated flight. Nasa got them *cheap*.

They should have stored them in giant zip-lock baggies. :D
 
Courtesy of National Geographic's web site, here's something you probably didn't know about the Ares I-X:

The Ares I-X test rocket is similar in size and mass to the real deal. But only the first stage includes working hardware: four solid rocket boosters adapted from an Atlas V rocket, a motor, and a set of newly designed parachutes.​

Isn't it cool how NASA made the "four solid rocket boosters adapted from an Atlas V rocket" look just like a shuttle's SRB? What's the extra motor do?

:)

For the record, the Ares I-X is using a four-segment solid rocket motor from the shuttle, not four motors from an Atlas. It is using avionics hardware from the Atlas V, though.

-- Roger


Now I know why I don't pay any attention to the media anymore... TV, radio, papers, mags-- it's all yellow journalism with a lack of accuracy that would make the kids doing our high school paper blush...

NG has become a ragsheet for the environmentalist wacko types... I used to enjoy it but now you really have to sift through a lot of chaff to find any grain... OL JR :)
 
Now I know why I don't pay any attention to the media anymore... TV, radio, papers, mags-- it's all yellow journalism with a lack of accuracy that would make the kids doing our high school paper blush...

NG has become a ragsheet for the environmentalist wacko types... I used to enjoy it but now you really have to sift through a lot of chaff to find any grain... OL JR :)
I've always kind of liked the photography myself :) I also think nobodys perfect :) I liked the coverage cbc.ca procided on the launch :)
Cheers
Fred
 
Now I know why I don't pay any attention to the media anymore...

I gave up after NARAM-42 in Colorado. A report from the Denver Post came out, interviewed me, took down my name in her notebook three times, asking for the spelling each time and getting right.

So when the article printed the next day, guess what?

Yep, misspelled my name. . . . :bangpan:
 
I gave up after NARAM-42 in Colorado. A report from the Denver Post came out, interviewed me, took down my name in her notebook three times, asking for the spelling each time and getting right.

So when the article printed the next day, guess what?

Yep, misspelled my name. . . . :bangpan:
Well, Noir *is* an unusual name, Mark.
:p
 
I can sympathize; I HATE being called MarkI. :mad:

MarkII (yeah, that's right, it's MarkII)
 
Anyone know where I can see the video of the launch of the Ares?

Andrew
 
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