Nasa, Ares and the gratuitous Monty Python joke

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Nasa is facing more problems with it's Shuttle replacement. following Ares-I being too small to lift anything the Ares-V looks like it is too heavy for the road to the launchpad.
http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2008/08/21/314931/nasa-faces-budget-busting-crawlerway-rebuild-for-ares-v.html

There is a concern that a collapsing roadway might cause the Ares to - fall over burn down and then sink into the swamp.
(And they said I were mad to build a space centre on a swamp.....)
 

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Obviously time to get the ouija board out to consult dear old Wernher...

Pity they destroyed the designs for the Saturn V back in the 70s...

"Oh, we'll never need those ever again"...:rofl:
 
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Pity they destroyed the designs for the Saturn V back in the 70s...
:biggrin: It is an ex-rocket! :biggrin:

Ay'up mgb_phys! :smile:

Swamp? :approve: That were luxury!:rolleyes:

We 'ad to build our space centre inside a collapsed mine-shaft three miles under t'North Sea! o:)
 
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This thread should be renamed "Nasa, Ares, and the gratuitous use of duct tape."
Seriously though, the only reason they got rid of the Saturn V rockets was they weren't expensive enough. Oh and they wouldn't carry military satellites back down to earth.

Only the government could make something reusable much more expensive than something disposable.
 
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Only the government could make something reusable much more expensive than something disposable.
Things that are reusable normally are more expensive than disposable ones. :wink:

CS
 
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Things that are reusable normally are more expensive than disposable ones. :wink:
Yes, the trick with the shuttle was making each reuse cost more than a disposable one!
 
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FYI -

http://sites.nationalacademies.org/deps/DEPS_041874

Division on Engineering and Physical Science
Space - Reports and Report Summaries

Review of NASA's Exploration Technology Development Program: An Interim Report (ASEB)

Released 04.10.2008

To meet the objectives of the Vision for Space Exploration (VSE), NASA must develop a wide array of enabling technologies. For this purpose, NASA established the Exploration Technology Development Program (ETDP). Currently, ETDP has 22 projects underway. In the report accompanying the House-passed version of the FY2007 appropriations bill, the agency was directed to request from the NRC an independent assessment of the ETDP. This interim report provides an assessment of each of the 22 projects including a quality rating, an analysis of how effectively the research is being carried out, and the degree to which the research is aligned with the VSE. To the extent possible, the identification and discussion of various cross-cutting issues are also presented. Those issues will be explored and discussed in more detail in the final report.
Perhaps the final report was just released.
 
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There is a concern that a collapsing roadway might cause the Ares to - fall over burn down and then sink into the swamp.
(And they said I were mad to build a space centre on a swamp.....)
I found nothing gratuitous about that. It pertained to the topic and it was damned funny.

....But the 4th rocket...
 

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