Reply to post: Re: Why is wind a problem

Pub time for NASA bods? Orion spacecraft test launch called off

SkippyBing Silver badge

Re: Why is wind a problem

The Challenger disaster was caused, in part, by wind shear at high altitude just as the shuttle hit max aerodynamic load, this caused the SRB to flex more than usual and the already degraded o-rings to fail completely. I'd guess that's still something they want to avoid as the rocket bodies probably resist lateral loads poorly to avoid excess mass.

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