Powering Exploration: The Ares I Crew Launch Vehicle and Ares V Cargo Launch Vehicle

Stephen Cook, Teresa Vanhooser
2008 44th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit   unpublished
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)'s Constellation Program is depending on the Ares Projects to deliver the crew and cargo launch capabilities needed to send human explorers to the Moon and beyond. The Ares Projects continue to make progress toward design, component testing, and early flight testing of the Ares I crew launch vehicle, as well as early design work for Ares V cargo launch vehicle. Ares I and Ares V will form the core space launch capabilities the United
more » ... needs to continue its pioneering tradition as a spacefaring nation (Figure 1). This paper will discuss programmatic, design, fabrication, and testing progress toward building these new launch vehicles. Figure 1. The Ares V cargo launch vehicle (left) and Ares I crew launch vehicle (right) will form the backbone of America's new space fleet. (NASA artist's concept)
doi:10.2514/6.2008-4894 fatcat:bzcndamvtza7fh3nzgb7nkhmoq