The first major flight hardware of the Ares 1-X rocket arrived in Florida on Nov. 3 to begin processing for its launch in 2009. The upper stage simulator arrived at Port Canaveral by ship. The flight hardware was off-loaded from the barge and taken to high bay 4 of the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The upper stage simulator is made up of eleven individual components which were designed and manufactured by NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. They represent the size, outer shape and weight of the second stage of the Ares 1-X rocket and will be integrated in the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy. The upper stage simulator will later be hoisted for stacking atop the Ares 1-X solid rocket booster segments.