Ares I-X launch scrubbed

The Ares I-X launch, planned for today, was scrubbed at 10:20 a.m. CDT as a result of weather.

The launch team is evaluating whether to try again Wednesday during a Cape Canaveral, Fla., launch window that extends from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. CDT. If there is no liftoff Wednesday, there is a possibility of range conflicts due to scheduled launches of the space shuttle and an Atlas V.

The weather was “go” when the 4-minute countdown was about to begin, but a cargo ship entered the danger zone. By the time NASA got the freighter to move, clouds moved toward the launch site.

The Obama administration is currently evaluating the Augustine commission report, which last week questioned the viability of the Ares I. It suggested a modified Atlas V or Delta IV, both made in Decatur, might be better options.

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