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REALSPACE: Ares 1-X - was it a success or a failure?

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Six years and ten billion dollars, and this one experimental launch is all we'll ever have to show for it, since Obama killed Constellation, and the manned space program itself. But, hey, he gave us empty platitudes about Mars, so that's a fair trade, right?

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REALSPACE: Despite being murdered by Obama, the Ares 1X is doing fine...

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Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know: I obsess on Obama's cold-blooded murder of the Space Program too much. I know a lot of you wish I'd move on to something else, but the thing is: I really think this is important stuff, and most others don't, so I'm left to scream alone in the night of indifference and various other metaphors that sound cool to college freshmen, but are really a bit too overwrought for my ear.

Anyway: Despite its cancellation, the Ares 1X is still enjoying a vigorous test-launch schedule, as you can read about here

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REALSPACE: Obama’s Vision For Space Exploration. Haven't we seen this before?

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One aspect of the President’s administration that mystifies me, and which I don’t think gets as much press as it really should is his opinion on the Space Program and/or NASA (Arguably, the two are not the same).

This is a mistake that our children will still be paying for thirty years from now.

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REALSPACE: What I neglected to consider...

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Not too long ago, I wrote a little article online here about how our Space Program is screwed, since Obama seems to oppose it. (That article http://www.republibot.com/content/realspace-things-are-looking-really-ba... ) Project Constellation is, of course, our attempt to get rid of this guilded turd that the Nixon administration saddled us with, and which we've been pointlessly flying - and killing people with - for very nearly a generation now (1981-2009).

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REALSPACE:ARES I Inescapable within first minute after launch

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In a report (available here, the USAF's 45th Space Wing states that if an Orion mission had to be aborted within the first minute of flight, there is a '100% FRATRICIDE by SECONDARY RADIATIVE WILTING of NYLON CHUTES The capsule will not survive an abort between MET's of ~30 and 60 seconds - as the capsule is engulfed until water-impact by solid propellant fragments radiating heat from 4,000F toward the nylon parachute material (with a melt-temperature of ~400F)."

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