Ares I-X timetable to launch, August test stacking?

by | Jun 12, 2009 | Ares, Constellation, NASA, Technology | 0 comments

Progress for the test flight vehicle Ares I-X has been the subject of a NASA release this week and in the above Ares I-X team 90-day timetable it looks like August will see stacking of the experimental booster, planned for high bay three of the vehicle assembly building, while elsewhere its reported that “stacking operations” begin on 30 June

Hyperbola is guessing that the rescheduled (meaning postponed) 24 July avionics acceptance review is going to be a key point in this process and wonders what date under review means for the first stage review and the 18 September launch date now given for the much delayed test

One also wonders why the avionics software review, scheduled for August, comes after the 24 July avionics acceptance review. Unless the 24 July review is just the hardware, then shouldn’t there be a final final avionics acceptance event? Odd

Anyway, below see an image of the installed roll control system, previously seen in this NASA blog post during its installation

A key system, Hyperbola would like to know if the RCS has any related actions outstanding after the Constellation Safety and Engineering Review Panel’s (CSERP) Ares I-X operations and safety hazard assessment review. About 15% of CSERP’s actions are yet to be closed, but how many is that? 15? 30? 150? And how helpful will that be for the Ares I-X team lessons learned activities that are starting this month?

With the Norman Augustine led 180-day (from 1 June to 30 November?) Review of US human spaceflight plans to report within 120-days of its first meeting, which is 16 June apparently, it could be October before we hear anything. Just enough time to perhaps even launch Ares I-X. A victory launch or sadly ironic, only time and Augustine’s recommendations can tell?

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