Fri, Oct 30, 2009
Inspection Shows Pronounced Buckling In Lower Segment
NASA has recovered the main solid
rocket booster of the Ares I-X following yesterday's test flight.
The booster was found floating upright in the Atlantic ocean, but
on inspection, divers found pronounced buckling in the booster's
There is still also a question as to whether all of the
booster's three main parachutes opened, which was a key test for
the vehicle. NASA engineers say if all three 150 parachutes did not
deploy, the booster could have been damaged when it hit the ocean.
It will be examined after being towed back to Kennedy Space Center
CBS News Space Place reports that the powered portion of the
test appeared to be normal, but that the dummy upper stages
appeared to enter a flat spin after separation instead of
continuing on a nose-up trajectory as planned. The drogue chute
intended to slow the booster could be seen by long-range cameras,
but the video cut off before the main chutes deployed.
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