NASA and CSC in a joint venture successful test launched the Ares I-X test vehicle at the Kennedy Space Center. For the historic launch CSC provided essential range services and managed the joint venture known as Computer Sciences Raytheon.
On the day of the launch, about 150 personnel provided radar and optical tracking and operated the communications, command and control system.
“Despite the developmental nature of the Ares I-X test flight and many late-breaking requirement changes, the CSC-led team was able to accelerate production of the range instrumentation plans, which were completed in only 20 days instead of the national standard of 50 days, ” said Michael W. Maier, vice president and general manager of CSR.
The Ares vehicle is planned to replace the US Space shuttle, the primary vehicle used for human travel to space.