Ares I-X Updates

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SOURCE OF ARTICLE: http://www.floridatoday.com/article...06/NEWS01/Ares+I-X+testing+delayed+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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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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Apologies Kyle, I do tend to like tangents. Update away!
 

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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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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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Superstack 3 to be mated to superstack 2 tomorrow.
 

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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! :p
 
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It rivals the Saturn V in its height to.
 
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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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Ares I-X has been moved up to October 27th.

Also to any mods, could we please sticky this and get rid of the STS-128 sticky.
 

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Ares I-X has been moved up to October 27th.

Also to any mods, could we please sticky this and get rid of the STS-128 sticky.
I asked tl8 unsticky the STS-128 earlier today. I think that he did it, though haven't checked. STS-129 should now be stickied, but I didn't ask about this one.
 

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Thank you mods!

T-31 days, processing is going smoothly for the tallest rocket ever built in 40 years.
Rollout Is just a few days before launch.
 
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