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Building and Leading the Next Generation of Exploration Launch VehiclesNASA s Constellation Program is depending on the Ares Projects to deliver the crew and cargo launch capabilities needed to send human explorers to the Moon and beyond. Ares I and V will provide the core space launch capabilities needed to continue providing crew and cargo access to the International Space Station (ISS), and to build upon the U.S. history of human spaceflight to the Moon and beyond. Since 2005, Ares has made substantial progress on designing, developing, and testing the Ares I crew launch vehicle and has continued its in-depth studies of the Ares V cargo launch vehicle. In 2009, the Ares Projects plan to: conduct the first flight test of Ares I, test-fire the Ares I first stage solid rocket motor; build the first integrated Ares I upper stage; continue testing hardware for the J-2X upper stage engine, and continue refining the design of the Ares V cargo launch vehicle. These efforts come with serious challenges for the project leadership team as it continues to foster a culture of ownership and accountability, operate with limited funding, and works to maintain effective internal and external communications under intense external scrutiny.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Cook, Stephen A. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Vanhooser, Teresa (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Date Acquired
August 25, 2013
Publication Date
February 9, 2010
Subject Category
Launch Vehicles and Launch Operations
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Meeting Information
NASA Project Manager''s Challenge(Galveston, TX)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.