Sunday, May 15, 2011
Ares-V, Ares-I for a future Constellation Program?
Ares-V, American heavy-lift orbital launch vehicle. NASA baseline heavy-lift vehicle to renew manned lunar exploration by 2020.
Ares-I was the crew launch vehicle that was being developed by NASA as part of the Constellation Program. The name "Ares" refers to the Greek deity Ares, who is identified with the Roman god Mars. Ares I was originally known as the "Crew Launch Vehicle" (CLV).
NASA planned to use Ares I to launch Orion, the spacecraft intended for NASA human spaceflight missions after the Space Shuttle is retired. Ares-I was to complement the larger, unmanned Ares-V, which was the cargo launch vehicle for Constellation. NASA selected the Ares designs for their anticipated overall safety, reliability and cost-effectiveness. However, the Constellation program, including Ares I was canceled in October 2010 by the passage of the 2010 NASA authorization bill. Existing Constellation contracts remain in place until Congress passes a new funding bill for 2012.
Lockheed Martin/Alliant Techsystems (Stage I), Boeing (Stage II)
Orion or the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle is a spacecraft that is being designed by Lockheed Martin for NASA, the space agency of the United States. Orion development began in 2005 as part of the Constellation program, where Orion would fulfill the function of a Crew Exploration Vehicle to the Moon as well to Mars.
The Altair spacecraft, previously known as the Lunar Surface Access Module or LSAM, was the planned lander spacecraft component of NASA's Project Constellation. Astronauts would have used the spacecraft for landings on the Moon and Mars, which had been intended to begin around 2019. Altair spacecraft had been planned to be used both for lunar sortie and lunar outpost missions. On February 1, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama announced a proposal to cancel the Constellation program effective with the U.S. 2011 fiscal year budget.
In early 2010 President Obama of the U.S.A. proposed to halt space exploration, building a base on the moon and for our already in training chosen astronauts not to land on Mars but only to remain in orbit for the allotted time and then return home to meet the window of opportunity and re-entry into earth’s orbit 2 years later.
In October 2010 President Obama officially cancelled the Constellation program. However, NASA and its affiliation continues in their quest, engineers, physicists, geologist and biologists continue in their forelaid plans for one very simple reason …
Presidents will come and go but to put man into interstellar exploration is a must for the sake of the survival of our species.
The above opinions are entirely of my own accord and bears no reflection on any party/parties mentioned.
Wish you all a great week ahead