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Monday, October 29, 2007

Ares I model

This model of the Ares I rocket with an Orion spacecraft was on display at the X-Prize Cup. It was about a 1:10 scale model and was interesting to see. The Ares I consists of a 5 segment solid rocket motor modified from the 4 segment versions used on the Space Shuttle. Above the solid rocket motor is the orange colored second stage which will place the Orion into orbit around Earth. Above the conical Orion spacecraft is the launch escape rocket which would pull the capsule and crew away from a failing rocket during the first few minutes of flight. This image was taken at 45mm focal length with an exposure of 1/320 seconds at f/11, ISO 200 with a polarizing filter.
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Tuguldur said...

10:1 scale???? OMG that is huge?!

Jim said...

That's 1:10 scale - about 10% of its eventual actual size.... ;-) I'll have other pix of airplanes at the show in the next few days as well as a few more rocket pix.