Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Ares-1X on the Pad
The Ares I-X rocket has reached Launch Pad 39B.
Image credit: NASA TV
Early today, NASA rolled out the first test vehicle of its planned future exploration program, Ares-1X, to launch Pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. The vehicle, which will use a Space Shuttle solid rocket booster with a dummy fifth segment, upper stage and capsule, is scheduled for its suborbital test launch next Tuesday, October 27.
Whether this is the first of many vehicles of this type or a one-shot-wonder, may be determined by the review of the whole NASA human spaceflight program now underway. The Augustine committee conducting that review is set to deliver its long awaited final report on Thursday.