Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Aries 1-X Launch

Ares 1-X ascends in today's test launch.
Photo Credit: NASA

NASA's Ares 1-X launch vehicle was successfully launched today on a suborbital test flight of some of the characteristics NASA plans for its Ares 1 crew carrying launch vehicle. Congratulations to all those on the Ares team that worked hard to get to this moment.

The test occurs as NASA and the White House and Congress review the report released by the Augustine Committee last week which addressed some of the options for the nation's human space exploration plans. Concerns about technical, cost and scheduling issues with NASA's current plan have prompted new consideration of other Shuttle derived launch vehicle proposals as well as commercial human launch options.

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