Ares I Igniter Test
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Ares I Igniter Test

July 2, 2009
The Ares Projects at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., has completed the successful test firing of the igniter that will be used to start NASA's Ares I first stage motor. The test, conducted at ATK Launch Systems test facilities near Promontory, Utah, generated a flame almost 200 feet in length. Initial data showed the igniter performed as expected. The March 10 test paves the way for the first ground test of the Ares I first stage later this year. ATK Launch Systems, a division of Alliant Techsystems of Brigham City, Utah, is the first stage prime contractor.

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