|Posted on Jun 24, 2009 02:45:51 PM | Dan Kanigan | 16 Comments ||
From the Ares I-X mission manager perspective, this is a very exciting time for Ares I-X. All of our hardware is at Kennedy and is being prepared for stacking and launch. Facilities are being modified to accept the vehicle and support it at the launch pad. I can walk right from my office to where all this work is going on and talk to the people that are doing it, and check on progress every day. We are currently performing testing of our instrumentation on the vehicle to ensure that it is working prior to stacking of our hardware into "stacks." Once the 5 stacks are completed later this summer, we will start assembling those stacks on top of each other in High Bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building.
Speaking of the people, our team has been doing an amazing job working through the challenges that inevitably come up during a test flight. We are all proud to set the stage for the future in many ways and to be participating in this one of a kind mission.
More to come...
Tags : Ares I-X, Ares rocket, Bob Ess, Vehicle Assembly Building, hardware, stacking