Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Liberty Design Looks a Lot Like Ares I

The Liberty rocket design looks a lot like the canceled Ares I. This is probably no coincidence. One would think that the private sector would be a bit more original, but one way to revive the canceled Ares I would be to have a private company finish the development and called it something else. Liberty will suffer from similar vibration problems that Ares had because they are using a similar solid rocket booster design for the first stage. The U.S. could do better if our engineers were given enough money to do their jobs. Our space program seems to be on life support and American space policy is a national disgrace. If the state of our space program now is similar to the state of the Russian program in the 1990's, then that indicator alone means that our nation could be economically failing like the U.S.S.R. I wonder what The United States of America is becoming? Evidently, we are essentially abandoning manned space flight and manned space exploration. We may be abandoning robotic exploration if the current projects go over budget. The James Web Space telescope is gobbling up other mission's funding even now. Will suborbital or orbital space flight just be a thrill ride for bored billionaires in the future?

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It appears NASA, in rejecting the Saturn V design be used again, is too smart for its own good. It would prefer no moon rocket or rocket for space station resupply for decades and reliance on the Russians. Mature technology though old is better than no project.

Here's the debate on the born again Saturn V http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?PHPSESSID=6c4e7af74719805c0626c4d02883958a&topic=12385.0 .

Pete
 
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