This concludes the live blog of the launch of NASA’s Ares I-X. Thanks for visiting, and congratulations to the many talented folks in North Alabama who made the launch a success. Check The Daily on Thursday for complete details on the launch, plus any NASA feedback. Check my Sunday column, Capital Considerations, for a broad look at U.S. manned space exploration. It is at a crossroads, and one expert I interviewed believes it is doomed. I hope he is wrong.
Monthly Archives: October 2009
“You all did frickin’ fantastic,” says a mission control director. “I’ve got tears in my eyes. Three years ago this was a blank piece of paper,” says mission director.
Constellation program manager: “You’ve accomplished a great step forward for exploration.”
They expected a visual of parachute deployment, but no word from downrange ships on parachute. Should be under main parachute now, but not receiving video.
(Posted 10:30) The Ares I-X lifts off!
(Posted 10:26) Weather is green, or “go.” 4-minute countdown begins now!
(Posted 10:20) Mission control says the cloud clearing needs to last 5 to 6 minutes. That’s because weather needs to be green during polling and through duration of 4-minute countdown. Weather officer estimates it will clear at any moment, and duration should be at least 10 minutes. Looking good. Launch team debating shortening of hold duration so they can launch sooner.
(Posted 10:07) Weather officer predicts clouds will break by 10:15, but says conditions are “dynamic.” Countdown should resume at 10:16, with launch planned at 10:20. All systems are go, but they are struggling to predict a break in the clouds.