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Ares I-X Press Kit

Ares I-X Press Kit

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NASA press kit for the Ares I-X flight
NASA press kit for the Ares I-X flight

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Published by: Bob Andrepont on Jan 22, 2011
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Ares I-X
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
PRESS KIT
OCTOBER 2009
www.nasa.gov
 
OVERVIEW .................................................................................................................................... 3 LAUNCH VEHICLE DATA ............................................................................................................. 4FLIGHT TEST OBJECTIVES ........................................................................................................ 5FLIGHT TEST PROFILE ............................................................................................................... 6VEHICLEFIRST STAGE ........................................................................................... ............ 8UPPER STAGE SIMULATOR ................................................................................ 14ROLL CONTROL SYSTEM ................................................................................... 17CREW MODULE AND LAUNCH ABORT SYSTEM ............................................. 19AVIONICS .............................................................................................................. 20SYSTEMS ENGINEERING AND INTEGRATION ......................................................................... 22LAUNCH COMMIT CRITERIA ...................................................................................................... 23WEATHER CONSTRAINTS .......................................................................................................... 24PARTNERS ................................................................................................................................... 25GROUND OPERATIONS AND GROUND SYSTEMS ................................................................... 26LAUNCH PAD 39B ............................................................................................................ 27MOBILE LAUNCHER PLATFORM ................................................................................... 28CRAWLER-TRANSPORTER ............................................................................................ 30CRAWLERWAY ................................................................................................................ 31YOUNG-CRIPPEN FIRING ROOM ................................................................................... 32LAUNCH TEAM ................................................................................................................. 33COUNTDOWN SUMMARY ................................................................................................ 36TRANSITION TO CONSTELLATIONOVERVIEW ........................................................................................................................ 40ORION CREW EXPLORATION VEHICLE ........................................................................ 41ARES I CREW LAUNCH VEHICLE .................................................................................. 42ACRONYMS .................................................................................................................................. 43 PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONTACTS .................................................................................................... 45ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ....................................................................................................... 46
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Ares I-X
PRESS KIT
 
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 conrm thevehicle as a whole is safeand stable in ight before
astronauts begin travelinginto orbit.
OVERVIEW
OCTOBER 2009 3
Ares I-X
PRESS KIT
The Ares I-X rocket sits on Launch Pad 39B awaiting its targeted Oct. 27, 2009, liftoff fromNASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

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