11 Facts About Ares IV


Ares IV V was the planned cargo launch component of the cancelled NASA Constellation program, which was to have replaced the Space Shuttle after its retirement in 2011.

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Ares IV V was planned to carry supplies for a human presence on Mars.

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Ares IV V was to launch the Earth Departure Stage and Altair lunar lander for NASA's return to the Moon, which was planned for 2019.

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Ares IV V was to be the cargo launch component of the Constellation program.

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NASA's Ames Research Center was responsible for the Ares IV V integrated health management system supports in developing its payload shroud.

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Ares IV V was intended as a heavy launch vehicle to send large hardware and materials to the Moon, or to send supplies beyond Earth orbit to sustain human presence there.

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The Ares IV V was designed to be a three-stage rocket: the first and second stages, which burn together, were to use both solid and liquid propulsion with the upper stage providing the necessary propulsion to send the hardware and staples beyond low Earth orbit and onto a trajectory to the Moon.

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Ares IV V underwent a preliminary design review after the results of the 2009 Augustine Commission.

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The solid rocket booster on Ares IV V was first envisioned as an improved version of the Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster, but with five or five and a half segments instead of the four segments used with the Space Shuttle.

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Ares IV concept combines an Ares I upper stage on top of an Ares V Specifically, the vehicle would consist of the liquid-fueled core stage from the Ares V design, two five-segment solid rocket boosters, and the liquid-fueled upper stage from the Ares I, as described by NASA in January 2007.

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NASA had considered using Ares IV to evaluate high-speed "skip" reentry profiles of the Orion capsule in 2007.

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