January 23, 2008
Mark, if I seem "fixated" on scrapping the Ares I (I don't care what it's replaced with, just that it's something up to the task), it's because I'm one of the people who have to deal directly with its many shortcomings. I'll give you credit for at least not lumping me in with this "internet rocketeer club" of yours for my opposition to the hodgepodge of politics and engineering you yourself seem to have a fixation with defending.
It's worth noting that my gripe is with the first stage of Ares I. Your fixation with the dog's dinner design being worked at present has led you to overlook the possibility that the solid first stage might actually reduce commonality with Ares V...replacing the first stage with (worst case) a clean-sheet liquid design would permit the use of the same first stage engines needed for Ares V, further leveraging the investment on those engines.Posted by T.L. James on January 23, 2008 12:08 AM | TrackBack