Kennedy News

Amber Philman
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Sept. 4, 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
This week's milestones include:
- Launch Team countdown simulation from the firing room
- First vehicle power up preparations ongoing
             - Electrical cable run installations continue in support of power up

Upcoming milestones:
- Vehicle power up

Ares I-X Ground Support Equipment
- At Launch Pad 39B, modifications are ongoing
            - Environmental Control System (ECS) final hardware installations
            - Installation of the Vehicle Stabilization System

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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