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FINAL NEWLY-MANUFACTURED SEGMENT FOR ARES I-X ARRIVES AT KENNEDY Print
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Wednesday, 25 February 2009 16:12

The final newly manufactured segment specifically designed for Ares I-X test rocket, the frustum, arrived at NASA Kennedy Space Center¹s Assembly and Refurbishment Facility on Friday. Looking somewhat like a giant funnel, the frustum¹s major function is to transition the primary flight loads from the upper stage to the first stage. Weighing in at approximately 13,000 pounds, the 10-foot-long frustum is composed of two aluminum rings that are attached to a truncated conic section. The large diameter of the cone is 18 feet, and the small diameter is 12 feet. The thickness of the cone is 11/4 inches. Ares I-X is the test vehicle for the Ares I, which is part of the Constellation Program to return astronauts to the moon and beyond. Ares I-X is targeted for launch in July 2009.

 

 

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