Wednesday, July 8, 2009
MLAS takes to the Air!
Wahoo! Look at that gooneybird go!
After several delays in June, I found yesterday that the
MLAS was scheduled to fly this morning 7/8/09. Well
it took off at 6:25AM ET, which is soon after the launch
window opened, so it seems the countdown went well.
There are only a few sparce articles out so far, but that
should grow, shortly. I've seen 2 ascent pics so far.
Despite the massive base drag, I was hoping to see the
individual flames of the severely canted boost motors,
however you can seethe lobes they create in the smoke
Now that the MLAS has made it's 1st successful flight,
it paves the way for the rest of the MLAS test program.
It also takes it from an interesting sport modroc and turns
it into a legal NAR scale subject.
The 2nd pic above is NASA's picture of the day today.