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2009-11-30 12:54:46

NASA will host a media teleconference with Bob Ess, Ares I-X mission manager, at 1 p.m. CST on Thursday, Dec. 3. Ess will provide reporters with an update on data gathered during the test flight of the rocket, which took place Oct. 28 from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The test flight lasted approximately six minutes, from launch until splashdown of the rocket's booster stage in the Atlantic Ocean nearly 150 miles away. The Ares I-X was wired with more than 700 sensors that gathered...

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2009-10-31 07:05:00

Two of three parachutes malfunctioned during a test flight of a prototype moon rocket earlier this week, NASA reported on Friday. The problem caused major damage to the Ares I-X booster, which became dented while slamming into the Atlantic Ocean harder than expected during its first test launch. The agency successfully launched its experimental Ares I-X rocket from Florida's Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday. The 327-foot rocket became the first new vehicle to launch from the complex...

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2009-10-28 11:00:00

NASA's experimental Ares I-X rocket successfully launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday. The 327-foot rocket became the first new vehicle to launch from the complex since the first shuttle launch in 1981. The craft had a launch window from 8a.m. to noon EDT. The first planned Ares launch was delayed 24 hours yesterday after poor weather forced NASA to scrub the mission. The launch countdown clock stopped with two minutes and 39 seconds remaining yesterday. Ares I-X...

2009-10-20 14:35:26

NASA will hold a news conference on Friday, Oct. 23, at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to discuss the status of the Ares I-X rocket launch. The briefing will begin at approximately 5 p.m. EDT, after the conclusion of the Flight Test Readiness Review, a meeting to assess preparations for the flight test. The review is expected to include the selection of an official launch date. Ares I-X currently is targeted to launch at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27. The briefing participants...

2009-10-20 10:07:00

MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) and NASA made history today as the Ares I-X rocket rolled to the launch pad, marking the first time in more than 25 years a new vehicle has left the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center. The Ares I-X flight test provides a unique opportunity to gather engineering data early in the design phase of the Ares program. Comprised of a four-segment solid rocket motor, simulated fifth segment,...

2009-10-14 15:17:42

NASA's Ares I-X Deputy Mission Manager Jon Cowart is available for satellite interviews from 6 to 9 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, Oct. 21. He will conduct the interviews from the rocket's launch pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. To interview Cowart, reporters should contact Amber Philman at 321-861-0370 by noon on Oct. 20. NASA Television will broadcast b-roll of the Ares I-X from 5:30 to 6 a.m. at analog satellite AMC-6 at 72 degrees west longitude, transponder 5C, 3800 MHz, vertical...

2009-10-09 05:45:00

MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK), the prime contractor for the first stage of the Ares I launch vehicle, along with NASA, the U.S. Army, and United Space Alliance (USA), successfully conducted the third in a series of four Ares I main parachute drop-tests. These tests aid the development of the deceleration system for the Ares I First Stage solid rocket motor. The test was conducted at the Army's Yuma Proving Grounds. The test consisted...

2009-09-22 14:06:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA is targeting Tuesday, Oct. 27, for the flight test of the Ares I-X rocket, pending successful testing and data verification. Senior managers made the decision after a meeting Monday at NASA Headquarters in Washington. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The Oct. 27 target date has been confirmed with the Air Force's Eastern Range. The launch window will extend from 8 a.m. to noon EDT. There is...

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2009-08-17 09:42:34

NASA says it has assembled the Ares I-X rocket for an October test flight, marking the first time in more than 25 years a new space vehicle has been assembled. The stacking of the Ares I-X rocket, its simulated crew module and launch abort system was finished Thursday in the space agency's Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, completing the 327-foot launch vehicle and providing the first look at the finished rocket's distinctive shape. The Ares I-X flight test is...

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2009-08-14 14:55:00

For the first time in more than a quarter-century a new space vehicle stands ready in NASA's Kennedy Space Center Vehicle Assembly Building. The Ares I-X rocket, its simulated crew module and launch abort system are assembled on a mobile launch platform at Kennedy in preparation for launch this fall. The final segments of the Ares I-X were stacked on Aug. 13, completing the 327-foot launch vehicle and providing the first look at the finished rocket's distinctive shape. The Ares I-X flight...