The rst ight test for
NASA’s ConstellationProgram is called AresI-X and it will bring theagency one step closer to its exploration goals-- to transport astronautsto the International Space
Station after the space
shuttle retires and exploredestinations beyond lowEarth orbit.
The ight of the Ares I-X
rocket will provide NASA anearly opportunity to test andprove hardware, models,
facilities and ground
operations associated withthe Ares I launch vehicle.
The ight also will allow
NASA to gather critical
data during ascent of the
integrated stack, whichincludes the Ares I launchvehicle with a simulatedupper stage, Orion crewexploration vehicle andlaunch abort system. Data
collected, including from
more than 700 sensorsthroughout the rocket,
will begin to conrm thevehicle as a whole is safeand stable in ight before
astronauts begin travelinginto orbit.
OCTOBER 2009 3
The Ares I-X rocket sits on Launch Pad 39B awaiting its targeted Oct. 27, 2009, liftoff fromNASA’s Kennedy Space Center.