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  • According to the 45th Space Wing, based on analysis of a Titan 34D explosion, crew abort from an Ares I launch during the max-q period of ascent, roughly 30-60 seconds into the ascent, would result in the likely harm or death of the crew.

    Ares V - Ares 1 = Ares IV - NASA Watch

  • If NASA's aero dudes knew what was going on with that capsule, they'd know what to do to the shuttle-c design to really make it work well through max-q.

    Ares 1 Abort Study Update - NASA Watch

  • If that happens near max-q, then there is a big problem, whatever the cause the abort.

    Ares 1 Abort Study Update - NASA Watch

  • So what's NASA gonna do ... terminate Ares I-X at max-q?

    Ares 1 Abort Study Update - NASA Watch

  • I could feel the rattle of max-q and see the fade-to-black asDiscovery raced toward her orbit.

    Riding Rockets

  • We came out of the other side of max-q and the vibrations noticeably lessened.

    Riding Rockets

  • In one heartbeat they had been feeling the rumble of max-q maximum aerodynamic pressure and watching the sky fade to black and anticipating the beauty of space and then…death.

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  • max-q—An engineering term for the point in flight when an aircraft or spacecraft experiences the maximum aerodynamic pressure.

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  • Would the “bump” of just one more max-q shock wave onDiscovery ’s flight have opened the SRB joint seal enough for total O-ring failure and death?

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  • for rocket launches - the point where the rocket has "maximum dynamic pressure"

    January 15, 2017