Ares V Cargo Launch Vehicle
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NASA is designing the Ares V cargo launch vehicle to be the "heavy lifter" of
America's next-generation space fleet. As part of NASA's Constellation Program
to return humans to the Moon, Ares V will serve as NASA's primary launch
vehicle for safe, reliable delivery of large-scale hardware to space, such as
the Altair lunar lander, and for landing humans on the Moon. Launched in
tandem wth Ares I, Ares V will loft Altair
into Earth orbit where it will rendezvous and dock with the Orion spacecraft
and crew, launched aboard Ares I, for the trip to the Moon.
Standing over 380 feet tall with a liftoff mass of over 8 million pounds, Ares
V will be the world's largest and most powerful rocket ever developed.
Currently in the early design phase, initial test flights are expected around
NASA Glenn's Role
The Ares V cargo launch vehicle is being designed by a team of NASA centers and
contractors around the country.
NASA Glenn will oversee the design and development of several vital subsystems
including the system that steers the vehicle during flight, the electrical
power system, development flight instrumentation, and the purge and hazardous
gas detection system. Glenn is also contributing to the design of the Ares V
upper stage -- the Earth departure stage. In addition, Glenn expects to play a
major role in the environmental testing of the Ares V Earth departure stage and
its main engine, the J-2X
Glenn's largest Ares V role will be leading the design and development of the
payload shroud. This large composite structure at the top of Ares V protects
Altair during launch. Once clear of the Earth's atmosphere, the payload shroud
will separate from Ares V enabling Altair to dock with Orion in low Earth
For more information see www.nasa.gov/ares.