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Langley engineer Tom Ivanco inspects part of the launch tower between scale model tests of NASA's Ares I-X rocket in the Langley Transonic Dynamics Tunnel.
The tests are helping demonstrate that the full-scale Ares I-X will be stabile in high winds as it sits on the modified Space Shuttle launch pad at Kennedy Space Center next year.
As pictured, fabrication of a simulated crew module and associated launch abort system are underway.
The completed components, which represent the tip of NASA's new rocket, will be delivered to Kennedy Space Center for the first in a series of flight tests beginning in the spring of 2009.
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