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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Watch Ares I-X Test Launch Live
(Atmospheric Test Flight)
Attempt #2

I couldn't resist altering the image...

**update 6.28am 10-28-2009**

Yesterday's attempt didn't go so well, so here goes again...

With the countdown under way, the launch team is targeting a 6 a.m. rollback of the rotating service structure. The launch window opens at 8 a.m. and extends until noon. At present, the most likely T-0 may come between 8:15 and 8:30 a.m.

Just as yesterday, the weather will be the question of the day. The forecast is for 60 percent "no-go" once again. Overnight, weather moved through the area producing rain and lightning. There were four strikes near the launch pad, and vehicle testing is running concurrently with the count to ensure there are no issues as a result. So far, all results are good. The closest strike was .44 miles away from the pad.

The Launch. Go to 5 minutes, if you just want to see the launch itself.

Replays of the launch from various angles...most with no audio.

The video feed is provided by SpaceVidCast, who are my favorite source for watching NASA-TV on the Internet, and they have an excellent show that they do live every Thursday night. Check them out!!!

Ares I-X is the first test flight in the Ares I development program. Ares I is a launch system forhuman spaceflights being developed by NASA, the space agency of the United States. The vehicle used for the Ares I-X suborbital test flight will be similar in shape, weight and size to the planned configuration of later Ares I vehicles, but will have largely dissimilar internal hardware. Ares I-X is scheduled for launch on October 27, 2009.
Ares I vehicles are intended to launch Orion crew exploration vehicles. Along with the Ares Vlaunch system and the Altair lunar lander, Ares I and Orion are part of NASA's Constellation Program, which is developing spacecraft for U.S. human spaceflight after the Space Shuttle fleet is retired.

Source: Wikipedia
More Info: NASA I-X Briefing

Once the event is over, I will replace the live player with video of the launch, should all go as planned.