Thursday, August 4, 2011

Ares 1-X Test Rocket Launch

Why was development stopped on this rocket?  The first stage solid rocket worked great in this test.  The rest could have done just as well in subsequent tests.  The technology is mature, no need for new stuff.  This was doable.  So, why was it stopped?  Money?  I don't think so.

This wasn't a heavy lift rocket.  It was designed to get astronauts into orbit.  Could this rocket have delivered crew to the ISS?  The Falcon 9 is scheduled to rendezvous with the ISS on its next test flight.  This Ares I should have been able to do that, too.

Heavy lift can be deferred.  The manned component should have had higher priority.

Spacex is working on heavy lift.  In addition, there are other unmanned platforms already in existence.  Why not use those other options?

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