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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Ares 1-X Test Flight Stacked and Readied

For the first time in more than a quarter-century a new space vehicle stands ready in NASA's Kennedy Space Center Vehicle Assembly Building. The Ares I-X rocket, its simulated crew module and launch abort system are assembled on a mobile launch platform at Kennedy in preparation for launch (tentatively) on Saturday, October 31, 2009. The final segments of the Ares I-X were stacked on Aug. 13, 2009 completing the 327-foot launch vehicle and providing the first look at the finished rocket's distinctive shape. A decision to proceed to launch the Ares I-X will be made at the highest levels of government this fall after review of NASA's next generation launch system slated to replace the aging space shuttles. The Ares I-X Twitter is on-line with more info from NASA on the vehicle.


Derek said...

does anyone know if this will be a public launch ?

JackKennedy said...

The launch is now targeted for Saturday, October 31, 2009 from the Kennedy Space Center. IF you are interested in attending (if the launch is approved by NASA HQ), then I would suggest contacting your member of Congress to obtain a NASA Guest Pass. The Congressman's staff would then contact the NASA Congressional Liasion Office on your behalf for the 'Trick or Treat' launch event. I really doubt this date will be made however. It is just too cute.