Kennedy News

Amber Philman
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Aug. 31, 2009
Ares I-X Status Report
Launch Vehicle: Ares I-X
Launch Date: Targeted for Oct. 31
Launch Pad: 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Ares I-X Flight Hardware
Last week's milestones include:
- Modal testing of the flight test vehicle complete
           - A series of sensors strategically located throughout the stack will measure the amount and direction of movement, as the electro-mechanical shakers impose random loads to determine the rocket segment's first several bending modes
- Development flight instrumentation testing is now complete

This week's milestones include:
- Launch Team simulation from the firing room
- First vehicle power up

Upcoming milestones:
- Installation of the Vehicle Stabilization System

Ares I-X Ground Support Equipment
- At Launch Pad 39B, modifications are ongoing

The Ares I-X flight test will provide NASA an early opportunity to check and prove hardware, analysis and modeling methods, and facilities and ground operations needed to develop NASA's next crew launch vehicle.

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