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ATK and NASA to Perform First Ground Test of the Ares I Five-Segment Solid Rocket Motor

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Aug 7, 2009 8:14 pm via: source
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(ATK) – Test is a Major Milestone for ATK, NASA on Ares I Program

PROMONTORY, Utah — Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) Space Systems and NASA will make history on August 25 as the new Ares I five-segment first stage is tested, marking the start of a new era of space exploration.

Ares 1

Ares 1

What:   Horizontal ground test firing of Ares I first stage
When:   Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Time:   1 p.m. MDT
Where:  ATK Space Systems facility in Promontory, Utah

Test Objectives/Background:

  • A total of 46 design objectives will be measured through 650 instrument channels
  • The Ares I design is based on the design of the space shuttle’s four-segment booster
  • The addition of the fifth segment will increase the maximum thrust performance to approximately 3.6 million pounds
  • The first stage of Ares I has been under development since 2005, it measures 12 feet in diameter and 154 feet in length.
  • The cases have previously flown on the space shuttle, collectively launching 48 missions–including STS-1.
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