September 8, 2009

NASA reschedules Ares rocket motor test

NASA and Alliant Techsystems Inc. say they have rescheduled a canceled test of the new first-stage solid rocket motor for the Ares I rocket.

Space agency officials said the static firing of the five-segment solid motor will take place 11 a.m. EDT Thursday at the company's test facility in Promontory, Utah. The first firing attempt, set for Aug. 27, was scrubbed because of an anomaly with the ground test controller.

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

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