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NASA: 151450main FNL8-40738

NASA: 151450main FNL8-40738



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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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organizations around the nation, and is ledby the Exploration Launch Projects Oceat NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center inHuntsville, Ala. Together, these teams aredesigning and developing vehicle hardware,evolving proven technologies, and testingcomponents and systems. Their work buildson powerul, reliable Saturn rocket and spaceshuttle propulsion elements, as well as nearlya hal-century o NASA spacefight experienceand technological advances. Ares I is an in-line, two-stage rocket toppedby the Orion crew exploration vehicle, itsservice module and a launch abort system.The combination o the rocket’s congurationand Orion’s launch abortsystem, which can moveastronauts away quicklyin case o a launchemergency, will improvecrew saety.The launch vehicle’s rststage is a single, ve-segment reusable solidrocket booster, derivedrom the Space ShuttleProgram’s our-segmentreusable solid rocketbooster, that burns aspecially ormulated andshaped solid propellantcalled polybutadieneacrylonitrile (PBAN). A newly designed or-ward adapter will matethe vehicle’s rst stage tothe second, and will beequipped with boosterseparation motors todisconnect the stagesduring ascent.
Constellation Program:
 America’s Fleet of Next-Generation Launch Vehicles
The Ares l Crew Launch Vehicle
NASA is designing, testing and evaluatinghardware and related systems or the agen-cy’s Ares I crew launch vehicle—the rocketthat will carry a new generation o spaceexplorers saely and reliably into orbit.Under the goals o NASA’s explorationmissions, Ares I is a chie component o thecost-eective space transportation inrastruc-ture being developed by NASA’s ConstellationProgram. These transportation systems willcarry human explorers back to the moon, andthen onward to Mars and other destinations inthe solar system.The Ares I eort includes multiple projectelement teams at NASA centers and contract
Concept image of launch of Ares I. (NASA MSFC)

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