Ares I-X

In-active

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Oct. 28, 2009

Description

Ares I was the crew launch vehicle that was being developed by NASA as part of the Constellation program. Ares I-X was a design concept demonstrator, that had a dummy second stage and a partially functional first stage.

Specifications
  • Stages
    1
  • Length
    99.7 m
  • Diameter
    3.71 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    816 T
  • Thrust
    12000 kN
Family
  • Name
    Ares I-X
  • Family
  • Variant
    I-X
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Ares I-X
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
  • Low Earth Orbit
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Government
Administrator: Bill Nelson
NASA 1958

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA have many launch facilities but most are inactive. The most commonly used pad will be LC-39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Ares I | Ares I-X

National Aeronautics and Space Administration | United States of America
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
Sept. 28, 2009, 3:30 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

The Ares I-X vehicle used in the test flight was similar in shape, mass, and size to the planned configuration of later Ares I vehicles, but had largely dissimilar internal hardware consisting of only one powered stage. Ares I vehicles were intended to launch Orion crew exploration vehicles. Along with the Ares V launch system and the Altair lunar lander, Ares I and Orion were part of NASA's Constellation Program, which was developing the spacecraft for U.S. human spaceflight after the Space Shuttle fleet was retired.

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