Ares V

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An artist drawing of the Ares V.

The Ares V was a plan to create a cargo rocket for the Constellation program. Ares V was planned to launch the Earth Departure Stage and Altair lunar lander for a plan to return to the Moon in 2019. [1] The Ares V was supposed to complement the Ares I, which was being designed as a crew launch vehicle. The Ares designs were selected for their anticipated overall safety, reliability and cost-effectiveness.[2]

The Ares V was planned to be able to carry about 188 tonnes (414,000 lb) to Low Earth orbit (LEO), and 71 tonnes (157,000 lb) to the Moon.[3] Upon completion the Ares V was planned to be the most powerful rocket ever built, lifting more into orbit than even the Saturn V.[4] Ares V, Ares IV, and Ares I are named after Ares, the Greek god, which is the equivalent to the Roman god Mars.

References[change | change source]

  1. Handlin, Daniel (2006-10-11). "NASA sets Orion 13 for Moon Return". NASA Retrieved 2007-01-12.
  2. "NASA - Ares I Crew Launch Vehicle". NASA. 29 April 2009. Retrieved 13 May 2009.
  3. Overview: Ares V Cargo Launch Vehicle, NASA. Retrieved 30 September 2008.
  4. Steve Creech, Steve and Phil Sumrall. "Ares V: Refining a New Heavy Lift Capability". NASA.