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Old 08-02-2009, 09:35 PM   #1
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SOURCE OF ARTICLE: http://www.floridatoday.com/article/...yed+to+Oct.+31

NASA's first flight test of a next-generation rocket intended to replace the space shuttle is expected to slip another two months, to Oct. 31, officials said Tuesday.


Managers of the Ares I-X flight test continue to analyze potential technical problems, including vibration levels during the flight, while renovating a Kennedy Space Center launch pad.


Once targeted for April, the critical test now will occur well after a blue-ribbon panel reviewing the future of NASA's human spaceflight program issues recommendations to the Obama administration.
By next month, the review committee is expected to assess whether NASA's proposed Ares I rocket is the best option for returning crews to orbit after the space shuttle's expected retirement next year.


The targeted Halloween launch of the Ares I-X flight test is tentative and must be approved by new NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, who has not yet been briefed on its status, officials said.
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Old 08-02-2009, 11:27 PM   #2
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Its a shame that im going to Canberra on the 30th.
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Old 08-03-2009, 02:21 AM   #3
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Didn't exactly mean for this to be a 'Ares I is good or bad' discussion although I do agree with the latter. I wanted it to be an Ares I-X processing updates
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Old 08-03-2009, 03:18 AM   #4
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Apologies Kyle, I do tend to like tangents. Update away!
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Old 08-03-2009, 02:17 PM   #5
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Superstack 1 was mated to the SRB's a few weeks ago. Superstack 2 gets mated here soon to Superstack 1.
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Old 08-03-2009, 05:14 PM   #6
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I don't like to repeat myself about straying off topic
Superstack 2 is to be mated to superstack 1 today.

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Old 08-03-2009, 05:42 PM   #7
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Old 08-04-2009, 03:16 PM   #8
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Superstack 2 now being lifted I believe.
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Old 08-07-2009, 12:41 AM   #9
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Superstack 3 to be mated to superstack 2 tomorrow.
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Old 08-14-2009, 03:33 PM   #10
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Superstack 5 (the last superstack) is now mated!



For the first time in more than a quarter of a century, a new space vehicle stands in the VAB!

It's bigger than I thought!

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Old 08-14-2009, 06:29 PM   #11
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It rivals the Saturn V in its height to.

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Old 08-14-2009, 06:38 PM   #12
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 For the first time in more than a quarter of a century, a new space vehicle stands in the VAB!

It's bigger than I thought!
It's an amazing sight. And of course it's big

It's quite a rocket, compared to the small Shuttle, and almost as high as the SaturnV. I love it mich more than the Shuttle stack.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...omparison2.png
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Old 08-14-2009, 07:59 PM   #13
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STS stack may not be tall, but it sure looks cool when it's doing this:

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Old 08-15-2009, 05:48 AM   #14
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 STS stack may not be tall, but it sure looks cool when it's doing this:
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Yes, it looks somehow cool, but actually not much more impressive than a fighter jet going supersonic.

To be honest, in my case the Shuttle does not roughly create that much enthusiasm than the massive SaturnV does, even when it goes supersonic...



Watch at 03:20...



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Old 08-27-2009, 09:43 PM   #15
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Awesome interactive 360 of Ares I-X in the VAB!

http://nasatech.net/Arex1-XStack090823

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To any mods: Could this thread be made sticky? Thanks!

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