Oct 28, 2008

More Problems with NASA's Ares 1

Space-Travel.com has reported that computer simulations now indicate that the long skinny shape of the Ares 1 rocket, currently under development to replace the Shuttle, could lead to problems with "liftoff drift" in which the forces due to its motor ignitition and wind loads could cause it to jump sideways at ignition far enough for its rocket plume to damage the launch tower.
Is the Ares 1 approaching a major redesign? See our previous related post and give your thoughts.

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The Red Fox said...

NASAWATCH posted this about the new Ares 1 problem:

Looks like its the jump from the solid rocket motors combined with just the wrong type of wind.

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