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Ares V  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
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Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Pratt & Whitney (J-2X upper stage engine)
Parent System: Ares
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2014
Total Production: ?
Family Members: Ares I
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Description: Ares is a launch system family designed to meet NASA's needs for next-generation crew (Orion) and cargo vehicles. So far, Ares family includes Ares I crew launch vehicle and Ares V cargo launch vehicle. Both vehicles are designed to carry payloads into low Earth Orbit. Once there, these payloads will make possible to travel to the Moon and Mars.

Ares V is a two-stage heavy lift launch vehicle intended to transport NASA's Cargo Launch Vehicle (CaLV). It will use five RS-68 liquid oxygen/liquid hydrogen engines mounted below a larger version of the space shuttle's external tank, and two five-segment solid propellant rocket boosters for the first stage. RS-68 are a modified version of the current engines utilized in the Boeing's Delta IV launcher. The upper stage/Earth Departure Stage will use the same J-2X engine as the Ares I. The Ares V can lift more than 286,000 pounds to low Earth orbit and stands approximately 360 feet tall. This versatile system will be used to carry cargo and the components into orbit needed to go to the Moon and later to Mars.

The Orion/Ares space exploration program was cancelled by President Barack H. Obama in early 2010 due to program cost's escalation.

Ares V Specifications

Number of Stages: 2
Height: 360 foot (4,320 inch)
Payload to LEO: 268,000 pound (121,565 kilogram)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Ares V News

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on 18 Jul 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007NASA Awards $1.2 Billion Contract for J-2X Rocket Engine Development

Operators & Related Equipment


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