Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Ares 1-X stacking - the ship to nowhere?

The Ares 1-X which is supposed to do a test flight October 31 (at least that's that latest date), is nearly fully stacked. The rocket will be 327 feet tall when done, and will have a simulated crew capsule and escape rocket on top. The Saturn V in comparison was 363 feet tall. This is a big (or at least very tall) rocket.
Then reading on SpaceFlightNow, there is some pretty bleak news about funding for the manned space program. More talk about dumping the ISS in 2016 (wha??). Read more....

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