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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

'Paper Rockets' Video Makes Rounds Within the NewSpace Community

The NewSpace community is advancing the foregoing video as the pitched-politics begins on Capitol Hill as to the future of the NASA Ares rocket booster and the planned October 31, 2009 Ares 1-X test flight. The YouTube video casts the Ares-1 in competition with the SpaceX Falcon 9 and the ULA Atlas V. Be sure to vote the poll to the right of the page prior to the expiration date.

1 comment:

Terence Clark said...

Veeeeery interesting video. It makes some very solid points. I like Griffin, actually, but I'd love to see him eat his words on this one. As it stands three new rockets and six new space capsules (five manned) by my count are set to beat Ares 1/Orion to the stand. That's pretty good odds, in my book.

Even if every other competitor in the field falls short, SpaceX has a huge window to work with for Falcon 9/Dragon. And we may even see the proof come next year. Constellation team doesn't even plan to try for a launch before 2016. That's 5 to 6 years lead time to account for any engineering issues. Frankly, complete bankruptcy is pretty much the only thing that will stop Falcon 9 from beating Ares 1 to the stand.

The 'paper rockets' and 'vaporware' accusations will prove harder and harder to hold on to as various companies start bringing their rockets online while Ares 1 has yet to leave blueprint stage. I am happy to see a test model set to launch shortly, but the time delay between A1X and the first full test flight as well as the significant engineering differences between A1X and A1 make it a token gesture at best.

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