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Suggestion #11:  don't launch the Ares 1-X from KSC but from a DESERT place

The latest concern about the Ares-1 (reported by Orlando Sentinel and Aviation Week) is that not even the Ares 1-X test (that's only a standard SRB with a dumb upperstage and equipped with 700 sensors) could be accomplished safely, since, according to USAF, an excess of vibrations might damage the Thrust Vector Control system and the Flight Termination System, so, "if the Ares I-X went out of control during its scheduled launch Aug. 30 [but already slipped to Sept. 18] and the destruct mechanism failed, the rocket could threaten populated areas along the Space Coast".

Again... I've already said that 1.5 years ago in this ghostNASA article where I explains the risks that may come from a (never done before) single SRB booster launched alone if it goes off course in a so populated area such as Florida.

Well, despite I've always said (and I still say) that, the Ares-1 can't fly, however, I think that the Ares 1-X test should be accomplished for (at least) two good reasons:

1. the $360+ million invested to study the test and build the Ares 1-X hardware (funds entirely LOST, if the launch will never happen) and...

2. the, anyway, useful info and data gathered (by 700 sensors aboard the Ares 1-X) although not likely usable in the Ares-1 program (that's already virtually dead, because of the 8 years, + further delays, and the $ 35 + billion, + further cost overrun, it needs to fly) that, since, "know more" always IS much better than "know less", so (maybe) the Ares 1-X data, could be of help in future rockets design based on the SRB.

So, my 11th suggestion for HSFPC and NASA is to don't launch the Ares 1-X from KSC but from a DESERT place like (e.g.) a military base in Arizona, Nevada or elsewhere, so, the test will be accomplished soon, without any concern from USAF and without any risk for the Florida's inhabitants, the KSC workers and the buildings around the launch base.

Since the Ares 1-X will reach about 70 km of altitude, it just needs a 200 km diameter desert area, to accomplish this $360M test without any risk.

However, since also the lives of the military of the launch base in the desert, counts, my further suggestion (if the Ares 1-X goes out of control and the self-destruct device will not work) is to destroy the Ares 1-X with a Patriot or another surface-to-air missile.

The Patriot could be used also at KSC, but the Ares 1-X and Patriot debris could always be too dangerous.

Last but not least a further advantage of this solution is that it doesn't need any change in the two Shuttle's launch pads, so, the latter, could be ready for any future option!

 

 

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The latest concern about the Ares-1 (reported by Orlando Sentinel and Aviation Week) is that not even the Ares 1-X test (that's only a standard SRB with a dumb upperstage and equipped with 700 sensors) could be accomplished safely, since, according to USAF, an excess of vibrations might damage the Thrust Vector Control system and the Flight Termination System, so, "if the Ares I-X went out of control during its scheduled launch Aug. 30 [but already slipped to Sept. 18] and the destruct mechanism failed, the rocket could threaten populated areas along the Space Coast".

Again... I've already said that 1.5 years ago in this ghostNASA article where I explains the risks that may come from a (never done before) single SRB booster launched alone if it goes off course in a so populated area such as Florida.

Well, despite I've always said (and I still say) that, the Ares-1 can't fly, however, I think that the Ares 1-X test should be accomplished for (at least) two good reasons:

1. the $360+ million invested to study the test and build the Ares 1-X hardware (funds entirely LOST, if the launch will never happen) and...

2. the, anyway, useful info and data gathered (by 700 sensors aboard the Ares 1-X) although not likely usable in the Ares-1 program (that's already virtually dead, because of the 8 years, + further delays, and the $ 35 + billion, + further cost overrun, it needs to fly) that, since, "know more" always IS much better than "know less", so (maybe) the Ares 1-X data, could be of help in future rockets design based on the SRB.

So, my 11th suggestion for HSFPC and NASA is to don't launch the Ares 1-X from KSC but from a DESERT place like (e.g.) a military base in Arizona, Nevada or elsewhere, so, the test will be accomplished soon, without any concern from USAF and without any risk for the Florida's inhabitants, the KSC workers and the buildings around the launch base.

Since the Ares 1-X will reach about 70 km of altitude, it just needs a 200 km diameter desert area, to accomplish this $360M test without any risk.

However, since also the lives of the military of the launch base in the desert, counts, my further suggestion (if the Ares 1-X goes out of control and the self-destruct device will not work) is to destroy the Ares 1-X with a Patriot or another surface-to-air missile.

The Patriot could be used also at KSC, but the Ares 1-X and Patriot debris could always be too dangerous.

Last but not least a further advantage of this solution is that it doesn't need any change in the two Shuttle's launch pads, so, the latter, could be ready for any future option!

 


                                     


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