NASA's Kennedy Space Center welcomed the arrival of the Ares 1-X Forward Skirt on Nov. 10. The Forward Skirt is the initial piece of first stage hardware in preparation for the test flight of the agency's next-generation spacecraft and launch vehicle system targeted for July 2009. The hardware began its trip Nov. 7 from Major Tool & Machine Inc. in Indiana. Major Tool is the subcontractor to Ares 1 prime contractor Alliant Techsystems Inc., or ATK, in Utah. The Forward Skirt was delivered to Kennedy on a semi truck.