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Welcome Back, Ares 1

Liberty = Ares 1 with a new upper stage and “BNG” (Bold New Graphics!).

You can’t blame the space blogs for having a field day with this news. Now ATK and Astrium have teamed up for a CCDev-2 idea that combines the Ares 1 First Stage with an Ariane 5.

Give credit where credit is due! It’s all about recycling, international cooperation, and the name is “Liberty.” Plus it has those hip BNG…

From Universetoday-

An idea too good to die, or a case of recycle, reuse, reduce? Two rocket companies are joining forces to use part of the Ares-1 rocket and combine it with elements of the Ariane 5 launcher to create a new launch system called Liberty that they say will “close the US human spaceflight gap.” US company ATK (Alliant Techsystems) and the European firm Astrium announced their collaboration today on a 90-meter (300-ft) rocket that would fit under NASA’s Commercial Crew Development-2 (CCDev-2) procurement. The companies say the new rocket could be ready by 2013…

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One Response to “Welcome Back, Ares 1”

  • John:

    Put it on consignment, or donate it to Goodwill or the Salvation Army. All good causes and tax deductible…

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