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Friday, April 04, 2008

NASA Close to Fixing Ares Vibration Issues

At a press conference yesterday, NASA officials said the vibration issues with the Ares 1 solid rockets are "manageable" and are less of a problem than originally thought. Engineers were initially concerned that the shaking could kill astronauts in the Orion capsule on top of the Ares 1 rocket.

NASA engineers gave two possible solutions. One was adding shock absorbers between stages or under the seats in the capsule. The other option is changing the rocket's weight or stiffness to reduce or eliminate the problem altogether.

Some people worry with the first solution, it would add too much weight to the capsule causing a host of logistical problems.

NASA has not yet decided which solution they will go with.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

They better think of something, because if we have another Challenger/Columbia incident, then NASA is not going to have enough money to make it lunar side by 2030, let alone in 12 years.