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NASA's Ares I-X rocket will, weather permitting, blaze a trail for the agency's Constellation programme tomorrow, lifting off from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39B. Launch Test Director Jeff Spaulding said yesterday: "I'm very happy to report that we are tracking no problems and the vehicle is in great shape." The Ares …


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  1. Matthew 17

    Deserves to be cancelled

    The Ares programme although cool isn't anything new, it's just a return to the 70's.

    NASA should concentrate on space beyond Earth-Orbit, however they shouldn't go at it alone, they should share costs and make space an international venture.

  2. Annihilator
    Paris Hilton

    4 hour window

    What's the 4 hour window? I can understand most missions have windows of opportunity as they're attempting to get into a specific orbit, but wouldn't have thought that a non-orbital delivery would need a window?

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "We are tracking no problems"

    so presumably they've either not noticed anything going wrong or have chosen to ignore it

  4. Anonymous Coward


    I know NASA have trouble getting their head around metric/imperial units but :-

    Apogee: 150 kft !! kilo feet???!!!

    This mission is doomed

  5. Anonymous Coward

    Could they not decide what to call it?

    Ares versions 1 to 10..?

  6. LuMan
    Paris Hilton

    Uncooperative weather

    So, rather than use their vast wealth, intellect and toy collection to establish what the weather will really be like, NASA would rather take a view on whether the weather will actually cooperate.

    If it doesn't cooperate, does this mean the launch was scuppered because the weather is another communist entity, intent on bringing down the crusaders of the free world?

    Quite possibly, methinks.

    Paris - 'cos she knows whether the weather can be weathered, whether or not the weather wants to be!

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Black Helicopters

    In great shape

    Hold on there professor, don't get too technical on me, this IS rocket science after all.

    I kinda expected that it would be in great shape, it IS going into space y'know, so no little holes filled up with blu-tac, or itty-bitty leaks of fuel anywhere.

    So, has this guy got the easiest job in the world or is there something he's not telling us?

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    This is a shuttle SRB with and end cap, Aries V looks like a few SRB's strapped to a suttle type tank and modified Saturn V rocket engines. Progress or what!

  9. RTNavy


    I wonder if the North Koreans are going to complain that the US might be developing nuclear weapons, and other WMD's along with balistic delivery systems....Oh wait.....

  10. Kevin Campbell
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    could get amusing

    "The booster stage will parachute into the Atlantic for recovery, while the dummy stage will come down with an almighty splash."

    Bonus points if...

    Aboard a Sudanese pirate vessel, somewhere upon the high seas:

    Wiraj: "Hey Samir! Is that a big flaming ball falling toward the boat?"

    Samir: "HOLY #$%& !"

  11. Mike Richards

    @ Annihilator

    'What's the 4 hour window'

    They have to close a huge area of ocean so that shipping doesn't have spent rocket stages falling on it. Four hours is the maximum the Air Force who run the Canaveral range is prepared to allocate.

  12. Anonymous Coward

    NASA - Not Again Silly Americans

    Sorry Americans, but the rest of the universe is Metric - it's just you mob of loons that keep using outdated units from a bygone era.

  13. Anonymous Coward

    I see your FAIL and raise you a WTF?

    I find it humorous that you lot set the Imperial measurement standards and we former colonials are virtually the last ones using them.

    Hey Ms Moderatrix: how about a Raspberry icon? The subtext could be simply "THPPPPPBT!"

  14. Annihilator
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    @Mike Richards

    Thank ye kindly

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