Oct 31, 2009
NASA "Ares 1-X" rocket launched at 39B of Kennedy Space Center, Florida. This is the first time the U.S. for the next generation launch vehicle flight test, the main task is to collect flight data.
"Ares 1-X" is a new generation of manned rockets "Ares1" experimental rocket developed to replace the space shuttle rocket, the spacecraft will become one of the United States return to the moon. Was originally scheduled for the U.S. Eastern Standard Time at 8:00 on the 27th launch, but poor weather conditions, had to be postponed.
Launched about two minutes later, the "Ares 1-X" flight to the ground at about 39.6 kilometers away, its first stage and second stage separation occurs. Subsequently according to schedule, the former with the assistance of a parachute into the Atlantic Ocean, and was recovered for the analysis of research; the latter and the simulation load of rockets, including the rest of the non-controlled state fell into the Atlantic Ocean.
"Ares 1-X" rockets weight more than 800 tons, about 100 meters high, taller than the Statue of Liberty. In the testing process, installation of more than 700 high-resolution sensors, and the parameter data continuously transmitted to the ground control center during flight. NASA will analyze these data.
"Ares 1-X" series of rockets, "Orion" manned spacecraft, and "Altair" -the moon landers , three pillars are "the new space exploration plan" of United States. Astronauts will take the "Orion" to fly to the International Space Station, then take the "Altair" to the moon , returned to "Orion" and take the "Orion" return to Earth after the mission completed.
According to the Bush administration developed the plan, the existing U.S. space shuttle will be retired by 2010, all the "Orion" and "Ares 1-X" will be held as early as 2015. But Obama administration took the plan to re-examine, the future of "Orion" and "Ares 1-X" is still variables.