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Nasa, Ares and the gratuitous Monty Python joke

  1. Aug 21, 2008 #1

    mgb_phys

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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/article...et-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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  3. Aug 22, 2008 #2
    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:
     
  4. Aug 22, 2008 #3

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    :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:)
     
  5. Aug 22, 2008 #4
    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.
     
  6. Aug 22, 2008 #5

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    Things that are reusable normally are more expensive than disposable ones. :wink:

    CS
     
  7. Aug 22, 2008 #6

    mgb_phys

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    Yes, the trick with the shuttle was making each reuse cost more than a disposable one!
     
  8. Aug 22, 2008 #7

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    FYI -

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

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

    Perhaps the final report was just released.
     
  9. Aug 22, 2008 #8

    FredGarvin

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    I found nothing gratuitous about that. It pertained to the topic and it was damned funny.

    ....But the 4th rocket...
     
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