Flightglobal: NASA on Friday completed stacking operations for the first test flight of its next generation booster, the Ares I. Launch date for the Ares I-X prototype, which includes a five-segment first stage built by Alliant Techsystems (ATK) and mass-simulator portions of its upper stage and Orion cap...Author: John CroftDate: 15 August 2009Read the full article
Author: John Croft
Date: 15 August 2009
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Ye Gods! Only 11M shorter than a Saturn V with only 15% of the latter's payload to Parking Orbit: progress eh? Von Braun must be laughing down there...
krispace: how can you possibly compare the Ares 1 to Saturn V? Saturn V was a 3 stage vehicle designed for a completely different mission. It included 5 VERY large engines in the boost phase and 5 more VERY large engines in its second stage. Ares 1 is a 2 stage vehicle using only a single solid booster and a single VERY large engine in its second stage. The second stage engine is actually a modernized version of the Saturn V second stage engines. Hence the Ares 1 delivers a smaller payload at a fraction of the cost of a Saturn V.