Sunday, October 25, 2009

Live At KSC: NASA Ares I-X Status Briefing

NASA is gearing up for the launch early Tuesday of the Ares I-X rocket and it appears the only potential showstopper might be the weather.

Standing 327 feet tall, the world's largest rocket is slated to blast off from Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39B at 8 a.m. Tuesday. The launch window will extend until noon.

NASA and the Air Force 45th Space Wing Weather Squadron expect conditions to be a bit iffy for the launch attempt on Tuesday. Forecasters say there is a 60 percent chance conditions will be unacceptable for launch. The prime concerns are a possibility of stormy weather in the area during the launch window.

NASA nonetheless is pressing ahead and will hold a countdown status briefing at 10 a.m. today at the Launch Complex 39 Press Site at Kennedy Space Center.

The participants will include NASA Test Director Jeff Spaulding and Air Force weather officer Kathy Winters.

You can watch the briefing live here in The Flame Trench. Simply click the NASA TV box on the right side of the page to launch our NASA TV viewer and live coverage. And be sure to refresh this page for periodic updates.


Anonymous said...

Tallest? The Saturn V was 363 feet.

Todd Halvorson said...

That's correct. The Saturn V WAS 363 feet. Emphasis on the past tense. The Saturn V is now a museum piece. It doesn't stand vertical. It lies horizontal. It's not a rocket that you could take to the pad and launch.

Graham said...

Todd just wait till they develope Ares V.That thing will be 381ft tall,the best part of 400 ft.The tallest ever built.The roar off it would be incredible .