Friday, June 17, 2011

Ares 1 Rocket First Stage Motor Unveiled

The DM-1 (first stage development motor) for the newly designed Ares 1 rocket is unveiled. The Ares 1 rocket is one of as two part system that is being built and tested by NASA as part of the Constellation Program which is replacing the soon to be defunct Shuttle Program.

The stationary firing of the five-segment solid rocket motor will be conducted by ATK Space Systems, a division of Alliant Techsystems of Brigham City, Utah, the prime contractor for the Ares I first stage. The motor will provide the backbone for the Ares I, generating up to 3.6 million pounds of thrust, or lifting power, at launch. DM-1 is managed by the Ares Projects at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

Credit: NASA/ATK


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