Ares I Crew Launch Vehicle
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Rocketing Into the Future
Constellation is the new program that will develop new rockets and spacecraft
that will succeed the Space Shuttle for transporting crews to the International
Space Station and enable NASA to explore the Moon and travel on to Mars. The
Ares I crew launch vehicle will launch the crew aboard the Orion crew
exploration vehicle to low Earth orbit.
A second new rocket, the Ares V cargo launch
vehicle, will deliver the Earth departure stage including the lunar
lander. After launching on the Ares I, the Orion spacecraft will dock with the
lander for the trip to the Moon.
NASA Glenn's Role
Critical Capabilities for a New Age of Space Travel
The Ares I crew launch vehicle is being developed by a team of NASA centers and
the contractors that will design, build, and test all of the components.
NASA Glenn's roles include the system that steers the upper stage rocket
engine, the upper stage electrical power system and development flight
instrumentation, sensors, and the upper stage purge and hazardous gas detection
Glenn is also responsible for the design and fabrication of the upper stage
simulator fo the first Ares I test flight, Ares I-X, scheduled for launch in
2009. This flight test hardware has been designed and built by a dedicated
team of Glenn employees and contractors.
[photo caption] The upper stage segments of the Ares I-X test vehicle were
built here at NASA Glenn.