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In high bay 4 of the Vehicle Assembly Building, the newly arrived simulator crew module for the Ares I-X rocket is lowered onto a work stand.
The Ares I-X roll control system module is designed to perform a 90-degree roll after the rocket clears the launch tower, preventing a roll during flight and maintaining the orientation of the rocket until separation of the upper and first stages. Part of the upper stage simulator, the system module is composed to two modules and four thrusters. The system module will return to earth and splash down; it will not be recovered.
The lifting fixture nicknamed the "Birdcage" is lifted by a crane to test the load capability. The Birdcage will be used to lift the crew module and launch abort system assembly for the Ares I-X rocket and to stack and de-stack the assembly from the service module/spacecraft adapter assembly. It will also have the ability to lift and to stack and de-stack Stack-5 (all of the above components) from the Ares I-X in the Vehicle Assembly Building.
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