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Lessons Learned in Launching Ares I-X
Author and Affiliation:
Davis, Stephan R.(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, United States)
Askins, Bruce R.(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, United States)
Abstract: The Ares I-X flight test, scheduled for 2009, is the first opportunity for the Constellation Program and Ares Projects to obtain important data on the in-flight loads, first stage recovery, and ground-handling characteristics of the Ares I crew launch vehicle. The flight test vehicle will incorporate a mix of flight and mockup hardware, reflecting an acceptable representation of the mass and outer mold line characteristics of the operational Ares I vehicle. It will be powered by a four-segment solid rocket motor from the Space Shuttle inventory and will include a fifth, inert spacer segment and new forward structures to make it the same shape as the Ares I first stage. The vehicle also includes mass simulators for the upper stage, Orion crew module, and launch abort system to match the outer mold line of Ares I; an active roll control system; and avionics derived from Shuttle and Atlas hardware. This suborbital mission will take the flight test vehicle from stacking in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) through liftoff, maximum dynamic pressure, first stage separation, and recovery. Ares I-X presented NASA with unique project management challenges. This presentation will address those unique challenges, including managing a virtual nationwide team under a constrained timeline; designing and building the launch vehicle and ground systems; working concurrently with Space Shuttle activities; and integrating technical and management functions. It also will identify key data collected and lessons learned from the flight that will be applied to future exploration missions.
Publication Date: Feb 09, 2010
Document ID:
20100009715
(Acquired Mar 10, 2010)
Subject Category: LAUNCH VEHICLES AND LAUNCH OPERATIONS
Report/Patent Number: M09-0613
Document Type: Preprint
Meeting Information: NASA PM Challenge; 9-10 Feb. 2010; Galveston, TX; United States
Financial Sponsor: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; Huntsville, AL, United States
Organization Source: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; Huntsville, AL, United States
Description: 1p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: No Copyright
NASA Terms: ARES 1 LAUNCH VEHICLE; LAUNCH VEHICLES; FLIGHT TESTS; AERODYNAMIC LOADS; FLIGHT TEST VEHICLES; LATERAL CONTROL; LAUNCHING; DYNAMIC PRESSURE; ACTIVE CONTROL; PROJECT MANAGEMENT; SPACE SHUTTLES; SPACECREWS; STAGE SEPARATION
Availability Source: Other Sources
Availability Notes: Abstract Only
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