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Objectives and Progress on Integrated Vehicle Ground Vibration Testing for the Ares Launch VehiclesAs NASA begins design and development of the Ares launch vehicles to replace the Space Shuttle and explore beyond low Earth orbit, Integrated Vehicle Ground Vibration Testing (IVGVT) will be a vital component of ensuring that those vehicles can perform the missions assigned to them. A ground vibration test (GVT) is intended to measure by test the fundamental dynamic characteristics of launch vehicles during various phases of flight. During the series of tests, properties such as natural frequencies, mode shapes, and transfer functions are measured directly. This data is then used to calibrate loads and control systems analysis models for verifying analyses of the launch vehicle. The Ares Flight & Integrated Test Office (FITO) will be conducting IVGVT for the Ares I crew launch vehicle at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) from 2011 to 2012 using the venerable Test Stand (TS) 4550, which supported similar tests for the Saturn V and Space Shuttle vehicle stacks.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Tuma, Margaret L.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Asloms. Brice R.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
January 5, 2009
Subject Category
Launch Vehicles And Launch Operations
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
AIAA 2009 Aerospace Sciences Meeting(Orlando, FL)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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