Ares I-X Flight Test Launch Coverage

    Ares I-X Launch Blog

    Liftoff of the Ares I-X flight test vehicleNASA's one-of-a-kind Ares I-X rocket lifted off from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39B on Oct. 28, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. EDT. The rocket performed as expected, with the first stage separating on time and tumbling back to the Atlantic Ocean to be recovered.

    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. More than 700 sensors have been placed throughout the vehicle to collect data for use in future exploration missions.

    NOTE: All times are posted in Eastern. Timestamps may appear in your local time.

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