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The four reusable solid rocket booster segments and the nozzle exit cone for the Ares 1-X rocket were delivered March 19 by the Florida East Coast Railway o the Jay Jay interchange with the NASA Railroad at Kennedy Space Center, Fla. This is the final hardware needed for the Ares 1-X's upcoming test flight this summer. It is manufactured by the Ares 1-X first stage prime contractor Alliant Techsystems Inc, or ATK. The train departed Utah March 13 on the seven-day, cross-country trip to Florida....
Topics: What -- Ares Launch Vehicles, Where -- Florida, Where -- Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Where -- Utah
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The final major components of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo laboratory arrived at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility from Japan on Sept. 24. The Kibo Exposed Facility and the Experiment Logistics Module Exposed Section will fly on space shuttle Endeavour's STS-127 mission to the International Space Station. Endeavour is targeted to launch May 15, 2009.
Topics: What -- Japanese Experiment Module (Kibo), What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- STS-127, What --...
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On Launch Pad 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a crane completes construction of the third and final tower in the new lightning protection system for the Constellation Program and Ares/Orion launches. Each of the three lightning towers will be 500 feet tall with an additional 100-foot fiberglass mast atop supporting a wire catenary system. This improved lightning protection system allows for the taller height of the Ares 1 rocket compared to the space shuttle. Pad 39B will be the...
Topics: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Constellation, What -- WIRE, What -- Ares Launch Vehicles,...
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The final newly manufactured segment specifically designed for Ares 1-X test rocket, the frustum, arrived at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Assembly and Refurbishment Facility on Friday. Looking somewhat like a giant funnel, the frustum's major function is to transition the primary flight loads from the upper stage to the first stage. Weighing in at approximately 13,000 pounds, the 10-foot-long frustum is composed of two aluminum rings that are attached to a truncated conic section. The large...
Topics: What -- Ares Launch Vehicles, What -- Constellation, What -- Moon, Where -- Kennedy Space Center...
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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...
Topics: What -- Ares Launch Vehicles, Where -- Florida, Where -- Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Where -- Glenn...