Ares Rocket Test Rescheduled for September 10

Ares Rocket Test Rescheduled for September 10 is reporting today that the new target date for testing the Ares rocket motor is September 10 at ATK’s facilities in Promontory Utah. The first attempt was scrubbed 20 seconds prior to ignition on August 27. Indications were that there was a problem with an Auxiliary Power Unit (APU), but engineers have determined that the problem was not hardware or software on the booster itself, according to the report. They are now looking at ground test hardware as the possible source of the problem.

The fate of the Ares program remains in the hands of the Augustine committee that is looking at options for the future of the human space flight program and the policy makers who will determine the path forward based on those options.

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