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We are pleased to offer the following high definition video clips of the Ares 1-X test flight to our Spaceflight Now Plus subscribers. These video files are presented in 720p resolution. Learn how you can subscribe to Spaceflight Now Plus.


Full launch experience



Date: Oct. 28, 2009
Running Time: 14 min 54 sec
File Size: 543 MB

Relive the Ares 1-X experiment with this longer length movie that follows the final phase of the countdown through blastoff and the rocket's flight test.

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Launch day time-lapse



Date: Oct. 28, 2009
Running Time: 1 min 39 sec
File Size: 59 MB

This time-lapse video records the launch day for Ares 1-X. It begins in the predawn darkness and continues through a beautiful Florida sunrise, the lengthy countdown hold due to clouds and then blastoff of the rocket.

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First stage arrives back at port



Date: Oct. 30, 2009
Running Time: 2 min 49 sec
File Size: 103 MB

The Ares 1-X rocket's first stage that parachuted into the Atlantic Ocean and recovered is towed back to Cape Canaveral by the Freedom Star retrieval ship for post-flight analysis.

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Test flight blasts off!



Date: Oct. 28, 2009
Running Time: 4 min 24 sec
File Size: 160 MB

The first experimental test flight of the hardware NASA is developing to replace the space shuttle was launched at 11:30 a.m. EDT from Kennedy Space Center's modified pad 39B.

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Preview of the Ares 1-X test flight



Date: Oct. 27, 2009
Running Time: 4 min 57 sec
File Size: 176 MB

This narrated preview of the experimental Ares 1-X test flight using animation gives an advanced look at the launch.

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Overview of the parachute system



Date: Oct. 27, 2009
Running Time: 6 min 41 sec
File Size: 225 MB

The Ares 1-X test flight will demonstrate the beefed up parachute system that builds upon the heritage design used by the space shuttle solid rocket boosters.

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Building up the rocket



Date: Oct. 27, 2009
Running Time: 15 min 2 sec
File Size: 547 MB

Take a look back at the work performed to assemble and ready the Ares 1-X flight test vehicle for its mission with this narrated movie.

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Interview with ATK boss



Date: Oct. 27, 2009
Running Time: 7 min 50 sec
File Size: 283 MB

Former space shuttle astronaut Charlie Precourt, now an executive with Ares 1 first stage marker ATK, gives this pre-launch interview during the launch countdown.

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Launch Replays: Pad perimeter



Date: Oct. 28, 2009
Running Time: 33 sec
File Size: 20 MB

The launch pad 39A perimeter camera gives this side view of the Ares 1-X first stage igniting and roaring skyward. (Replay includes live launch audio).

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Launch Replays: Beach tracker



Date: Oct. 28, 2009
Running Time: 2 min 49 sec
File Size: 103 MB

A tracking camera at positioned on a mound along beach southeast of launch pad 39B provides this angle of the Ares 1-X launch. (Replay includes live launch audio).

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Launch Replays: Patrick AFB



Date: Oct. 28, 2009
Running Time: 2 min 55 sec
File Size: 54 MB

A powerful tracking camera located at Patrick Air Force Base gives this dramatic video of Ares 1-X's staging event during the launch on an easterly trajectory from the Cape. (Replay includes live launch audio).

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Launch Replays: Press Site camera 2



Date: Oct. 28, 2009
Running Time: 1 min 12 sec
File Size: 44 MB

This is the view from Kennedy Space Center's Press Site at Complex 39 shows the Ares 1-X rocket launch framed between palm trees. (Replay includes live launch audio).

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Launch Replays: Press Site camera 1



Date: Oct. 28, 2009
Running Time: 1 min 9 sec
File Size: 42 MB

This is the view from Kennedy Space Center's Press Site at Complex 39 shows the Ares 1-X rocket launching behind the famous countdown clock. (Replay includes live launch audio).

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Launch Replays: Front camera



Date: Oct. 28, 2009
Running Time: 2 min 18 sec
File Size: 84 MB

Beautiful footage of the Ares 1-X rocket's climb away into the sky is captured from this camera positioned in front of launch pad 39B. (Replay includes live launch audio).

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Launch Replays: Complex 41



Date: Oct. 28, 2009
Running Time: 27 sec
File Size: 16 MB

From atop the Vertical Integration Facility at the Atlas 5 rocket's Complex 41, this view looks northward with shuttle Atlantis on pad 39A and Ares launching from pad 39B. (Replay includes live launch audio).

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Launch Replays: UCS-23 tracker



Date: Oct. 28, 2009
Running Time: 2 min 18 sec
File Size: 82 MB

This widescreen video of the Ares 1-X test flight was captured by the UCS-23 tracking camera positioned southeast of the pad. (Replay includes live launch audio).

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Launch Replays: Pad 39A



Date: Oct. 28, 2009
Running Time: 1 min 5 sec
File Size: 39 MB

With space shuttle Atlantis sitting in the foreground at launch pad 39A, the Ares 1-X rocket in the distance blasts off from pad 39B. (Replay includes live launch audio).

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Launch Replays: VAB roof



Date: Oct. 28, 2009
Running Time: 1 min 55 sec
File Size: 71 MB

From atop the 52-story Vehicle Assembly Building located three-and-a-half miles away, this launch video was recorded by a public affairs camera. (Replay includes live launch audio).

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Launch Replays: VIP Site



Date: Oct. 28, 2009
Running Time: 46 sec
File Size: 28 MB

Located due west of pad 39B, this view of the Ares 1-X launch was captured from the Banana Creek site for VIPs to watch the experimental test flight. (Replay includes live launch audio).

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The first launch attempt



Date: Oct. 27, 2009
Running Time: 4 min 55 sec
File Size: 179 MB

Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the first countdown and launch attempt conducted on October 27 for the Ares 1-X rocket.

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Probe cover troubles



Date: Oct. 27, 2009
Running Time: 8 min 44 sec
File Size: 317 MB

Workers struggle but finally manage to get the protective cover removed from the five-hole probe mounted at the very top of the Ares 1-X rocket during the first countdown.

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Ares 1-X at night



Date: Oct. 23, 2009
Running Time: 8 min 34 sec
File Size: 312 MB

This video of the Florida evening and nighttime views show the Ares 1-X flight test rocket standing atop Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39B.

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Aerial views of Cape pads



Date: Oct. 23, 2009
Running Time: 6 min 44 sec
File Size: 246 MB

Dazzling views from a helicopter show the Ares 1-X rocket at pad 39B, space shuttle Atlantis at pad 39A, the Atlas 5 site at Complex 41, the SpaceX Falcon 9 pad at Complex 40 and the Delta 4 rocket visible at pad 37B.

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Sunset footage



Date: Oct. 22, 2009
Running Time: 31 sec
File Size: 19 MB

Beautiful views of sunset with the Ares 1-X flight test rocket poised for launch from Kennedy Space Center's pad 39B.

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Gantry rolled back for test



Date: Oct. 22, 2009
Running Time: 4 min 05 sec
File Size: 19 MB

As part of the Integrated Systems Test and a hot-fire of the first stage hydraulic power unit, the gantry-like rotating service structure at launch pad 39B is rolled back from the Ares 1-X vehicle.

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Ares rollout in fast-forward



Date: October 20, 2009
Running Time: 2 min 23 sec
File Size: 84 MB

It took about seven hours for the Ares 1-X rocket to journey from Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building to launch pad 39B positioned 4.2 miles away. The trip is condensed into this time-lapse movie.

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Sped up launch pad arrival



Date: October 20, 2009
Running Time: 1 min 4 sec
File Size: 38 MB

This time-lapse clip captures the crawler-transporter climbing up the launch pad 39B ramp and delivering the Ares 1-X rocket to the seaside complete for liftoff.

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Pad arms grab Ares



Date: October 20, 2009
Running Time: 1 min 37 sec
File Size: 59 MB

The Vehicle Stabilization System, a pair of hydraulic arms added to launch pad 39B, are extended to lock ahold of the Ares 1-X rocket for added protection during the days leading up to liftoff.

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Rocket positioned on pad 39B



Date: October 20, 2009
Running Time: 3 min 34 sec
File Size: 130 MB

Following the same path as the mighty Saturn rockets and the space shuttles, the new Ares 1-X test vehicle treks to launch pad 39B on October 20.

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Ares 1-X departs assembly building



Date: October 20, 2009
Running Time: 5 min 08 sec
File Size: 187 MB

Riding atop the Apollo-era transporter, the Ares 1-X emerges from the Vehicle Assembly Building to begin an overnight journey to Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39B for its experimental test flight.

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Ares 1-X animation



Date: August 14, 2009
Running Time: 3 min 14 sec
File Size: 114 MB

This animation previews the launch of Ares 1-X, a test rocket for NASA's proposed new vehicle to carry the Orion crew capsule into orbit. The test uses a solid-propellant first stage with a simulator upper stage and capsule.

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Inside the Ares 1-X rocket



Running Time: 1 min 10 sec
File Size: 41 MB

What does the Ares 1-X test rocket look like inside? This footage shot within the hollow upper stage simulator answers that question.

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A little pushing and shoving



Running Time: 2 min 29 sec
File Size: 91 MB

As part of the "modal testing" of the fully assembled Ares 1-X, technicians use special tools and even themselves to induce swaying and motion into the rocket.

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Time-lapse of rocket's assembly



Running Time: 5 min 46 sec
File Size: 205 MB

This time-lapse movie captured over the course of several months shows the various segments and pieces of the Ares 1-X test rocket arriving in Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building and being put together.

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Powering up the rocket



Date: Sept. 11, 2009
Running Time: 5 min 05 sec
File Size: 186 MB

The fully assembled Ares 1-X flight test rocket is powered up for integrated testing as seen in this footage shot both inside the Launch Control Center and the Vehicle Assembly Building.

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Rocket stabilizing arms installed



Running Time: 11 min 16 sec
File Size: 411 MB

The Vehicle Stabilization System was constructed to secure the Ares 1-X test rocket during its stay at launch pad 39B. This footage shows the two arms of the system being installed on the pad's umbilical tower.

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The launch control rooms



Running Time: 4 min 8 sec
File Size: 151 MB

The Ares 1-X test flight will be overseen from Firing Room 1 of the Complex 39 Launch Control Center at Kennedy Space Center and the Mission Directors Center in Hangar AE at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

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Orion capsule mockup



Date: August 13, 2009
Running Time: 7 min 26 sec
File Size: 271 MB

The top of Ares 1-X is placed atop the rocket to complete the assembly process by finishing the Upper Stage Simulator and the aerodynamic shape for the Orion capsule.

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A super stack



Date: August 8, 2009
Running Time: 10 min 17 sec
File Size: 375 MB

A larger section of the multi-piece Upper Stage Simulator for the Ares 1-X flight test rocket is hoisted into High Bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building for stacking.

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Assembling the upper stage



Date: August 4, 2009
Running Time: 4 min 43 sec
File Size: 172 MB

The next section of the multi-piece Upper Stage Simulator for the Ares 1-X flight test rocket is hoisted from High Bay 4 to High Bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building for stacking.

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Forward segment of SRB



Date: July 17, 2009
Running Time: 9 min 21 sec
File Size: 341 MB

What is known as the forward segment of the solid rocket booster for the Ares 1-X flight test rocket's first stage is lifted from the transfer aisle to High Bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building for stacking.

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The next segment of SRB



Date: July 10, 2009
Running Time: 5 min 23 sec
File Size: 197 MB

The aft center segment of the Ares 1-X flight test rocket's first stage is lifted from the transfer aisle to High Bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building for stacking.

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First stage stacking begins



Date: July 9, 2009
Running Time: 9 min 52 sec
File Size: 360 MB

The bottem segment of the solid rocket booster to form the Ares 1-X rocket's first stage is moved into the Vehicle Assembly Building and hoisted atop the mobile launcher platform in High Bay 3.

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Prepping for stacking



Date: July 7, 2009
Running Time: 5 min 36 sec
File Size: 204 MB

In High Bay 4 of the Vehicle Assembly Building, the dummy fifth segment of the first stage and the frustrum are put together in preparation for mating to the rocket.

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Astronaut walkway removed from pad



Date: June 20, 2009
Running Time: 3 min 09 sec
File Size: 115 MB

The Orbiter Access Arm used by space shuttle astronauts to walk from the launch pad 39B tower to the spacecraft for boarding is removed from launch pad 39B during the Ares 1-X modifications.

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Beanie cap removed from pad 39B



Date: June 4, 2009
Running Time: 8 min 59 sec
File Size: 328 MB

The gaseous oxygen vent hood, or beanie cap, that was used during space shuttle launches to route vapors away from the top of the external tank is removed from launch pad 39B during the Ares 1-X modifications.

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Pad's old lightning mast pulled down



Date: March 2009
Running Time: 6 min 23 sec
File Size: 232 MB

The existing lightning protection rod mounted atop the launch pad 39B fixed service structure from the space shuttle era is removed as part of the modification work for Ares 1-X.

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New lightning towers completed



Running Time: 1 min 12 sec
File Size: 42 MB

Giant new lightning towers have been built around Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39B, each measuring nearly 600 feet tall to protect the future Ares rockets while sitting on the seaside complex.

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