Adapting Technologies Takes Patience, Testing

I don't know about you, but sometimes, I wonder why, when we've already proven we an get people to the moon and regularly into space, it seems to hard to do it again.  After all--why should adapting the ideas of the past to the technologies of the present be so difficult and take so much time?

I'm actually going to be asking this of several new space agencies, but for now, I leave you with this video of an up-and-coming company in the commercial space industry--Liberty Launch.  Liberty is using current rocket technologies, adapting them to the greater mission of taking men into space.  What I hope you'll get out of this video is how even adding a quarter of an inch thickness to a panel means careful testing.  After all, if a weld fails, people die.

Ariane 5 is, as a part of Ariane rocket family, an expendable launch system used to deliver payloads into geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) or low Earth orbit (LEO). Ariane 5 rockets are manufactured under the authority of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES). Astrium, an EADS company, is the prime contractor for the vehicles, leading a consortium of sub-contractors. Ariane 5 is operated and marketed by Arianespace as part of the Ariane programme.

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