Ares I-X Test Flight is Go For Oct. 27 (Video)

Article written: 23 Oct , 2009
Updated: 24 Mar , 2012
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Following a flight test readiness review, NASA has given the ‘all systems go’ for the Ares I-X maiden test flight on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 8 a.m. EDT from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. “I am proud of the work this team has done to ready this test rocket for launch,” said Doug Cooke, associate administrator for NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. “This test will yield important data to support the nation’s next steps in exploration. There is no substitute for hard data – flight testing clarifies the distinction between imagined outcomes and real flight experience.”

This is the first time in more than 30 years that NASA has built a vehicle in a new configuration. The uncrewed test flight last two minutes, and go 45 kilometers (28 miles) in altitude. The stages will separate 69 km (43 miles) down range and end 236 km (147 miles) over the Atlantic Ocean, with the dummy upper stage landing in the ocean.

The flight will be broadcast on NASA TV. Watch it online here. In the meantime, here’s a pre-launch video to whet your appetite for a new rocket.

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7 Responses

  1. DrFlimmer says

    Either they launch on precisely 0800, or they slip past 1000. Otherwise I will come over to Florida and kick them in their a**es….. AND I WILL!

  2. Jon Hanford says

    Hopefully this suborbital test will be visible from my location here in Tampa, Florida, weather willing. Looking forward to clear skies.

  3. Sili says

    Forgive me, but I prefer the Soyuz. Rolling things out vertically just looks stupid.

  4. Maxwell says

    The rollout of the stick seemed odd to me too. But I care more about the capabilities than how it looks.
    Ares had all the right numbers going into this program. While I-X is only a test, it will be the first proof to see how close they came to the original predictions.

    If we can get anything close to the missions we’re aiming for then I might just get to like the slender looks.

  5. Spoodle58 says

    Best Wishes to the entire team working on this, hope they get some positive results.

  6. DrFlimmer says

    Well, well, since the US does not change clocks with the rest of the world, it means that NASA is not supposed to launch between 0900 and 1100 EDT!

  7. erniesandberggrace says

    No matter which side of the fence you are about this; I urge all of you to watch the launch. It will be historic and if it does work hard to say no to the Constellation program. Go Ares!

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