The Ares V replica, in the photo, is 1/15 the size of the heavy lift cargo launch vehicle that’s being developed for the Constellation Program — and it stands more than 25 feet tall.
The actual Ares V will stand 380 feet tall. That’s taller than a football field is long.
NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, recently installed the scale model replica of an Ares V cargo launch vehicle. Glenn’s Ares V role is leading the design and development of the payload shroud, which is a large structure at the top of the rocket that protects the main payload, a moon lander, during launch. Once clear of the Earth’s atmosphere, the payload shroud will separate from Ares V enabling the lander to dock with Orion in low Earth orbit.
Glenn will also oversee the design and development of several vital subsystems, including the system that steers the vehicle during flight, the electrical power system, development flight instrumentation, and the purge and hazardous gas detection system. Glenn is also contributing to the design of the Ares V upper stage, the Earth departure stage. In addition, Glenn expects to play a major role in the environmental testing of the Earth departure stage and its main engine, the J-2X.
The Ares V is being designed by a team of NASA centers and contractors around the country.