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In the Vehicle Assembly Building on July 7, segments of the Ares I-X first stage were mated to the fifth simulator segment, completing Super Stack 1. The super stack comprises the forward skirt, forward skirt extension, interstages 1 and 2 and the fifth segment simulator.
On July 8, the Ares I-X aft booster segment with the aft skirt was lowered onto the mobile launch platform in High Bay 1. This was the start of the buildup of the Ares I-X launch vehicle.
The Ares I-X aft center booster segment arrived in the transfer aisle of the Vehicle Assembly Building on July 9.
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