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Synergistic Development, Test, and Qualification Approaches for the Ares I and V Launch VehiclesThe U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) initiated plans to develop the Ares I and Ares V launch vehicles in 2005 to meet the mission objectives for future human exploration of space. Ares I is designed to provide the capability to deliver the Orion crew exploration vehicle (CEV) to low-Earth orbit (LEO), either for docking to the International Space Station (ISS) or docking with an Earth departure stage (EDS) and lunar lander for transit to the Moon. Ares V provides the heavy-lift capability to deliver the EDS and lunar lander to orbit. An integrated test plan was developed for Ares I that includes un-crewed flight validation testing and ground testing to qualify structural components and propulsion systems prior to operational deployment. The overall test program also includes a single development test flight conducted prior to the Ares I critical design review (CDR). Since the Ares V concept was formulated to maximize hardware commonality between the Ares V and Ares I launch vehicles, initial test planning for Ares V has considered the extensibility of test approaches and facilities from Ares I. The Ares V test plan was part of a successful mission concept review (MCR) in 2008.
Document ID
20090043648
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Cockrell, Charles E.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Taylor, James L.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Patterson, Alan
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Stephens, Samuel E.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Tuma, Margaret
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Bartolotta, Paul
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Huetter, Uwe
(Science Applications International Corp. Huntsville, AL, United States)
Kaderback, Don
(Science Applications International Corp. Huntsville, AL, United States)
Goggin, David
(ARES Corp. United States)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
October 12, 2009
Subject Category
Launch Vehicles And Launch Operations
Report/Patent Number
IAC-09-D2.6.4
M09-0764
Meeting Information
Meeting: International Astronautical Congress
Location: Daejeon
Country: Korea, Republic of
Start Date: October 12, 2009
End Date: October 16, 2009
Distribution Limits
Public
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