Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Ares I problem Not A Show Stopper

Mike Griffin has shared his knowledge that the ARES 1 Shaking problem "was overrated" this morning at a breakfast in Washington DC. "NASA engineers were testing several solutions to the problem."

The problems that Constellation faces now are similar to the problems that Apollo faced in it's day, but there are less cynics today, although you wouldn't know it from reading the news. Of course, after Apollo landed on the moon, the cynics were silenced.

With enough testing and leadership, we can finally realize the eventuality of a robust manned and robotic space exploration program. We will get there by solving one problem at a time.

The first problem is presidential and congressional support. Fax, email, and call all of the candidates to tell them that space policy needs to be a major element of their campaign, or they wont have your vote.

1 comment:

Florida Spaceports said...

I think I know how Mike feels. I'm so tired of over-hyped NASA "crises" about "the stick won't work" and "ditch the stick" in the news media and online. Reading the press, or worse, the online armchair engineers, I feel like my eyes are going to bleed. One would get the impression that the engineers in Huntsville and Houston are running around in maniacal panic or faking engineering to cover something up, and nothing could be further from the truth. It's no wonder Griffin gets teed-off about it all.