Thursday, September 10, 2009

Ares I Solid Rocket Motor Test



"NASA tested the new first-stage solid rocket motor for the Ares I rocket. The static firing of the five-segment solid motor, designated development motor -1 was conducted at the ATK test facility in Promontory, Utah."

Once again, I am very happy with the use of large solid motors in NASA rockets. Overall, they are less expensive and often reusable.

Also check out this NASA sim. of what the upcoming test launch may look like:

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

What will they do about Max Q when they are using a solid fuel motor?

R2K said...

Well Max Q is always max Q... The thrust of the sold will always have to be designed to accommodate the weight of the rocket, but not push things too far, too fast.