Cone to Link Upper Stage on its Way


The forward assembly, which is affectionately known around here as the “snow cone,” was rolled out of the Assembly Refurbishment Facility this morning on its way to the Vehicle Assembly Building. Employees and media came out to get a peek at the hardware.

The assembly was rolled into the transfer aisle of the Vehicle Assembly Building, where it will wait to be lifted by crane into the high bay where the upper stage of the rocket is being assembled into its five super stacks. When these stacking operations begin later this month, it will be the first time a new vehicle has been stacked on NASA’s Mobile Launch Platform in more than 25 years!

The forward assembly connects the first stage motor segments to the upper stage simulator. Weighing more than 40,000 pounds, the assembly houses three newly designed descent parachutes for first stage recovery.

5 thoughts on “Cone to Link Upper Stage on its Way”

  1. Moon bases are planned for the future on the surface of the moon. Temp. goes from 242 degrees F. to -273 in two week intervolves. use the craters on the moon that are one mile deep and tunnel robotically. With no barametric pressure pushing down, bracing concerns here on earth aren’t that big on the moon. subway size tunnels that funnel out as the tunnel gets deeper. One mile under the surface, can help regulate temp. better and protects everybody against sun flare radiation. Details can be found in my book Defenders of All. I’m willing to share my ideas for the futhering of space travel. We can improve our techniques on the moon for when we go to Mars.
    Donald R. Nystrom

  2. Thanks Dan for the updates, I am excited to see more stacking. It will be amazing to see Ares 1-X fully stacked and done. The pictures really help out those of us who like to keep an eye on things but can never see things in person, after all ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’. Keep the updates rolling. 😛

  3. Congratulations and thank you to everyone that supported the design and hardware build-up! Definitely a momentous occasion!

  4. Lovely to see ares 1x on its run towards the sky! But from an observer standpoint the progress seems painfully slow and with little “progress” so info on all the work thats probebly done wouldnt be all wrong! I can imagine that youre doing a load of works on getting ares smart so to say and all that work is little known in the public.

    To the comment below: Burreing a moon base so far down seems to be little advantage for huge paylod of work. I mean such a drilling operation on moon must cost billions of dollars where a cover off moon soil could do the job for a more permanent moon base. In sweden we have a saying that translates to “Going over the river after water” and it looks to me that this is the case here, but at a huge cost. Johan.

  5. Good Luck to everyone working on Ares. We are here in our own was cheering you on…..

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