NASA attempts second launch of Ares I-X

Triboelectrification be damned.  Now that the lightening strikes have passed and there is no worry about static electricity interfering with the onboard systems, NASA is attempting to launch the new $445 million dollar rocket today (eta 10:30a.m.).  The launch test is intended to study how well this rocket design works by gathering data from over 700 onboard sensors.

The 327-foot (100-meter) tall rocket is slated for a two-minute fact-finding flight that will reach a maximum altitude of about 150,000 feet, or 28 miles (46 km), after which it will land in the Atlantic Ocean and boats will collect its spent first stage for study.

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