Aviation Photo #1604457 NASA Ares 1-X - NASA

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Lifting off at 11:30 a.m. EDT for a two-minute powered flight. She generated 2.6 million pounds of thrust to accelerate to nearly 3 g's, Mach 4.76 and almost 150,000 feet. 6 minutes elapsed between launch and splashdown. She overcame the “triboelectrification rule” which kept the range “red” until a few minutes before the range window was closed. Here she is steering to the right to prevent her 5000 degree F flame from damaging the pad superstructure.
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Photo Added: November 03, 2009

Comments (7)

Anonymous
8 years ago
My ticket to the moon. Wonderful shot
Anonymous
8 years ago
Wonderful shot as we've come to expect from you Suresh.

The "fly away maneuver" was to provide separation between the pad and the rocket in the event of high winds. As it was, the exhaust did in fact damage the service structure.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Fantastic photo however the flame still totally wrecked the pad. Guess they steered too much!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Great shot, Suresh! Wonderful view. I hope the Ares X project won't be killed.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Damn, that thing is huge!!!!!!!!
30 stories, how could that thing even fly????
Anonymous
8 years ago
Just great...the vapour clouds are simply fantastic....
Anonymous
8 years ago
Superb description and photo of course!

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