Ares I-X Now on the Launch Pad

Ares I-X rolls out to the launch pad at Cape Canaveral.
Ares I-X rolls out to the launch pad at Cape Canaveral.

NASA MISSION UPDATE

The Ares I-X now is secured on Launch Pad 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The test rocket, sitting on a mobile launcher platform, was “hard down” on the pad’s pedestals at 9:17 a.m. EDT. The rotating service structure is expected to be rolled into place at about 12:30 p.m.

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Ares I-X Vehicle Stacked for Launch

Ares 1-X undergoing assembly
Ares 1-X undergoing assembly

ATK PRESS RELEASE

For the first time in more than a quarter-century, a new space vehicle will begin stacking on a mobile launch platform (MLP) at Kennedy Space Center, thanks to the hard work and dedication of an experienced team of employees from NASA and contractors United Space Alliance (USA) and Alliant Techsystems [NYSE: ATK].

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Ares I-X Stacking Delayed by Vibration Issues; Launch Likely to Slip into October

NASA's Ares I rocket lifts off in this artist's conception. (Credit: NASA)
NASA's Ares I rocket lifts off in this artist's conception. (Credit: NASA)

Vibration Analysis Delays Ares I-X Stacking
Aviation Week

Crews at Kennedy Space Center will wait to start stacking the Ares I-X test vehicle so engineers will have more time to analyze three vibration-loads issues that could threaten range safety during its suborbital test flight, which probably will slip into October.

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Report: Vibrations on Ares I-X Test Could Send Rocket Out of Control

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Moon rocket test is on shaky ground
Orlando Sentinel

The violent shaking that threatens to destroy the Ares I rocket that NASA hopes will one day return astronauts to the moon is also threatening to delay — or even cancel — the first flight of its test version, the Ares I-X.

Air Force officials who have safety jurisdiction over all launches from Kennedy Space Center are worried that the rocket’s vibrations could knock out the self-destruct mechanism required in case the launch goes awry.

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