Spectacular Launch: Ares I-X
Wed, Oct. 28, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. EDT
from: Hangar AE at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station: launchblog
NASA's one-of-a-kind Ares I-X rocket lifted off from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39B... The rocket performed as expected, with the first stage separating on time and tumbling back to the Atlantic Ocean to be recovered.
Building an Original...
Platforms surround the Ares I-X in High Bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building before it was moved to the launch pad on Oct. 20, 2009.
NASA: Credit Jack Pfaller
Closer in height to the hulking Saturn V moon rockets than the space shuttle, Ares I-X looks unlike any rocket that's ever stood at Launch Complex 39. But it blends familiar hardware from existing programs with newly developed components.
Four first-stage, solid-fuel booster segments are derived from the Space Shuttle Program...Read more
Not sure if the weather will permit the target test-launch window this morning... In less than an hour!
If not, there may be more breaks in the clouds later in the launch window. If no update, the new rocket test will likely be tomorrow... Cheers
VIDEO: (Alan Watts)
Odd & Interesting find...
Image of the Day:
NASA -Ares I-X at the Launch Pad- [Enlarge]
Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
FTS Checks Complete; Tel-4 Locked On
Wed, 28 Oct 2009 05:52:13 AM PDT... launchblog
T-4 Minutes and Holding...
Wed, 28 Oct 2009 04:36:07 AM PDT
Flight scrubbed yesterday, due to bad weather... NASA's Ares I-X rocket is seen on Launch Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
From: Jon Cowart (deputy mission manager for the Ares I-X flight test)
"The flight test is designed to show us whether we are on the right track in building the next system to lift astronauts into space." Read.
From the Ares I-X blog:
More than 700 sensors have been placed throughout the vehicle to collect data for use in future exploration missions.
The Ares I-X flight test will provide NASA an early chance to test and prove the new rocket's flight characteristics, hardware, facilities and ground operations.
Additionally, the mission will help verify computer and wind tunnel models...