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The deserts of Promontory, Utah came alive with fire as NASA and Alliant Techsystems (ATK) tested the Development canada goose coats on sale Motor 2 (DM 2). MDT on Aug. 31. The still morning air surrendered its silence to the sound of unleashed technological thunder. The surrounding countryside was bathed in the colors of flame as a huge plume ofhot exhaust and smokeshot out the back of the solid motor. However, ATK was racking up another successful test to a system with a future in doubt.

The DM 2 is a test article for the Ares family of rockets, which as part of the Constellation Program, has been targeted for cancellation. President Obama has worked since the beginning of this year to scrap almost every element of the Constellation Program. manned space program have cost him support across the country and within his own party.

Obama's new agenda for NASA caused a strong Congressional reaction, with two separate bills drafted countering the White House's canadian goose jacket proposal. These bills are attempting to seek a "middle ground" between the "program of record" (Constellation) and the new Obama plan. Both the House and Senate issued competing (and radically different) bills. This leaves the fate of the Ares family of rockets up Canada Goose Coats On Sale in the air.

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ATK prepares cheap Canada Goose the Development Motor 2 for its test. Image Credit: ATKATK meanwhile continues to work on other components of the Ares and Orion systems. The Launch Abort System (LAS), parachute system canada goose coats for the upper Ares upper stage, and Attitude Control Motor (ACM) are all built by ATK and tested by the firm's technicians and engineers.

uk canada goose outlet The DM 2 test was conducted to gain data on some 53 designs incorporated in this system. Some of the elements tested include the redesigned rocket nozzle, new canada goose uk outlet insulation used in this design and the motor casing's liner. When activated the canada goose black friday sale DM 2 produced an estimated 3.6 million pounds of thrust equaling 22 million horsepower. The motor had 760 instruments incorporated into it these instruments worked to collect vital information regarding the rocket's performance when it was fired. This makes the test fire of the DM 2 the most heavily instrumented solid rocket motor test in NASA history. uk canada goose outlet

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These new elements will eliminate the need for the joint heaters that are currently used. (these heaters were required in the 4 segment version of the motor's design). It is hoped that with the addition of these new modifications weight will be dramatically reduced, launch operations will be canada goose factory sale simplified and the overall system will be far less complex.

canada goose outlet legit DM 2 is a combination of Solid Rocket Booster (SRB) segments that have flown on 57 shuttle missions total. These segments are recycled after every mission. Once they have been jettisoned from the space shuttle they are recovered out in the Atlantic Ocean by recovery ships (named Freedom Star and Liberty Star). From there, they are shipped back to ATK's plant where they are broken down into segments again and refurbished for the next mission. canada goose outlet legit

ATK highlighted that most space faring nations Canada Goose online utilize solid rocket motors for their space flight programs.

canada goose coats "If you look at the physics of putting something in space, you have to get to this magic speed of 17,500 miles per hour," said Michael Bllomfield, three time shuttle astronaut who now ATK's vice president of Johnson Space Center (JSC) Operations. "the most efficient launch profile uses a combination of solids and liquids." canada goose coats

cheap canada goose jackets uk The day prior to the test ominous storm clouds had encircled ATK's test site. The rain and lightning that followed seem to underscore the condition in which the solid rocket manufacturer now finds itself. The following day they went about their duties despite the uncertainty that they currently face. space program with its heavy lift capabilities for the past 30 years can weather the storm. cheap canada goose jackets uk

The House and Sen. Hatch pictured above might need to brush up on the separation of powers, in which NASA is an executive branch agency that answers to the President rather than a legislative branch agency that answers to Congress.