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ROLL CONTROL SYSTEM INSTALLED FOR NASA'S ARES I-X FLIGHT TEST Print
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Thursday, 30 April 2009 17:11

The second of two roll control system modules for the Ares I-X was installed April 29 into the rocket's interstage. The work took place inside the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

 

The system is designed to perform a 90-degree roll after the rocket clears the launch tower, preventing a roll during flight and maintaining the orientation of the rocket until separation of the upper and first stages. Part of the upper stage simulator, the system is composed of two modules and four thrusters. Ares I-X is the test rocket for the Ares I, which is part of the NASA Constellation Program's plans to return astronauts to the moon and beyond.

 

Ares I-X is targeted for launch in August 2009.

 

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