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Despite Financial/Political Difficulties NASA Constellation Engineers Move Forward

23 Jan 2009, 03:07 UTC
Despite Financial/Political Difficulties NASA Constellation Engineers Move Forward
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Never mind all of the controversy and confusion surrounding NASA's budget, their new leader and the possible delays for the shuttle retirement; I have some good news for you! NASA's engineers working on the Constellation program are actually making some serious progress.Ares I-X, the code name for the first Ares rocket to be tested, will lift off from Kennedy Space Center early this summer. It should climb to around 25 miles (40.2 km) in a two-minute powered test of the first stage and its recovery system. The test is meant to find out if there are any basic design flaws that need to be fixed before the more complex components are added to the rocket. This just goes to show that no matter how powerful the computers and simulations are these things just have to be tested the old fashion way.There are countless teams and individuals working on this project and if this test is a successful it will help immeasurably in boosting moral and renewing faith in the whole Constellation program. Not to mention it will help keep it on track for the Design Review scheduled for 2010.Here is the base of the Ares rocket being put together in ...

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