Item #: TSARES
Ares I is the crew launch component of Project Constellation. Ares I will launch the Orion Crew Vehicle, the spacecraft currently being designed to replace the Space Shuttle after it is retired in 2010. The larger, unmanned Ares V is being designed as a complement to the Ares I; it will be the cargo launch vehicle for Project Constellation. Ares Iís role in Project Constellation Ares I is the crew launch component of Project Constellation. Unlike with the Space Shuttle, where the crew and cargo were launched simultaneously on the same rocket, the plans for Project Constellation outline having two separate launch vehicles, the Ares I and the Ares V, for crew and cargo, respectively. Having two separate launch vehicles will allow for more specialized designs for the different purposes the rockets will fulfill. The Ares I rocket is specifically being designed to launch the Orion Crew Vehicle. Orion is intended as a crew capsule, similar in design to the Project Apollo capsule, to transport astronauts to the International Space Station, the Moon, and eventually Mars. Size Medium is no longer available.