Casual Friday — Ares V launches a telescope

NASA seems to be having its share of problems developing the Ares I launch vehicle, but with any luck it’s big brother the Ares V should still be marching forward. Here’s an animation of what an Ares V mission would look like for the launch of an 8 meter telescope:

The Ares V is being designed as a heavy-lift launch vehicle, comparable to the Saturn V or Energiya launch vehicles in capabilities. While its primary mission is as a cargo launcher for the Constellation program, it obviously would have a variety of other applications.

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