September 4, 2009

NASA, ATK Schedule Motor Test For Ares Rocket

NASA and Alliant Techsystems Inc., or ATK, have rescheduled the test of the new first-stage solid rocket motor for the Ares I rocket. The static firing of the five-segment solid motor, designated development motor -1, is scheduled for 1 p.m. MDT on Thursday, Sept. 10, at the ATK test facility in Promontory, Utah. The first firing attempt on Aug. 27 was scrubbed because of an anomaly with the ground test controller.

The goal of this test is to obtain valuable thrust, roll-control, acoustics and vibration data as engineers continue to design the Ares vehicles.

To attend the test, journalists must register with ATK's Trina Patterson at 801-699-0943 by Sept. 8. News media bringing live broadcast trucks must request parking prior to the event.

The test will be carried live on the NASA media channel beginning 10 minutes prior to the firing. For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and schedule information, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

In addition, the NASA Ares Twitter feed will be updated throughout the day. To follow, visit: http://twitter.com/nasa_ares

After the test, representatives from NASA and ATK will hold a media teleconference at 1:45 p.m. To participate, reporters should e-mail Ashley Edwards at [email protected] for dial-in information.

For more information about Ares, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ares


Image Caption: Glistening white in the Utah night, the first-stage development motor, or DM-1, for NASA's Ares I rocket sits ready for its first test firing, set for Aug. 27. The stationary firing of the five-segment solid rocket motor will be conducted by ATK Space Systems, a division of Alliant Techsystems of Brigham City, Utah, the prime contractor for the Ares I first stage. The motor will provide the backbone for the Ares I, generating up to 3.6 million pounds of thrust, or lifting power, at launch. DM-1 is managed by the Ares Projects at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. (Credit: ATK)