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Constellation Program
06.05.06
 
NASA is embarking on a grand challenge of space exploration that can only be achieved by effectively implementing and aligning work for the Vision for Space Exploration. This challenge requires a balanced workforce skill mix and productive NASA centers. NASA is distributing work assignments to the centers to ensure that the agency can begin to meet the challenges of exploration while maintaining ten healthy and productive centers.

NASA Ames will be the lead for development of thermal protection systems and information technology for NASA's exploration effort. This responsibility includes developing the heat shield for the new spaceship called the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV). Responsibilities for information technology and computing include integrated health system monitoring of the new spaceship, flight simulations, and other computer-related software that will play a major role in development of the CEV. Ames will also lead an advanced projects office to support design of additional future exploration program components.

In addition to its lead role in thermal protection systems and information technology, NASA Ames will support exploration and the Lunar Precursor and Robotic Program. NASA Ames will establish a new lunar projects office to develop small spacecraft for exploration. The center will continue to lead the development of the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite.

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NASA Ames Exploration Related News Releases:

arc jet testing 05.11.06 - NASA Ames Tests Heat Shield Samples for Spaceship Capsule
Initial tests of materials that could be used in the heat shield of the Crew Exploration Vehicle were recently completed at NASA Ames.+ Read More

Mars Desert Research Station 04.27.06 - NASA Testing Prototype Software for Future Spaceflight
Software that astronauts could use during spaceflight and in future moon habitats is being tested by NASA in a Utah desert April 23 to May 7, 2006.+ Read More

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) 04.10.06 - New NASA Ames Spacecraft to Look for Ice at Lunar South Pole
NASA today announced that a small, 'secondary payload' spacecraft, to be developed by a team at NASA Ames Research Center, has been selected to travel to the moon to look for precious water ice at the lunar south pole in October 2008.+ Read More

Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) 02.27.06 - NASA Sets New Date for Media to See Spaceship Capsule Model
NASA has postponed for one week an opportunity for reporters to view a scale model of the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) at NASA Ames. + Read More

NASA Ames Contributions to the Constellation Program:
Astronaut Steve Robinson Dreams Are Creating a Future, New NASA Spaceship
What once was only a dream that envisioned a new spaceship that would fly astronauts back to the moon and beyond is now taking small steps toward reality as NASA's Constellation Program takes shape.+ Read More

arc jet testing NASA Developing New Heat Shield for 'CEV' Spaceship
NASA's new spaceship of the future must endure searing temperatures as the spacecraft streaks into the Earth's atmosphere on the way back from the moon.+ Read More

Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) NASA Ames Contributions to Space Exploration
NASA Ames Research Center is currently supporting the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) and the Crew Launch Vehicle (CLV) directly with the several efforts including development of Thermal Protection System technology, computational modeling and wind tunnel testing, Integrated System Health Management (ISHM) expertise, crew cockpit design expertise, software validation and verification expertise and Simulation Assisted Risk Assessment (SARA) expertise. + Read More
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter New NASA Ames Spacecraft to Look for Valuable Ice at the Moon's South Pole
Most people might think that finding water on the moon would be as impractical as locating green cheese there. But as unlikely as it might seem, water may well exist on our nearest neighbor in space.+ Read More

NASA Ames Contributions Image Galleries:

CEV model wind tunnel test Wind Tunnel Models of the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV)
View images of Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) scale model under test at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. The CEV will be NASA's new 'spaceship' that will take astronauts to the International Space Station, the Moon and beyond. + View images
Arc Jet test Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) Heat Shield Tests in Ames' Arc Jet Facility
Under the leadership of scientists and engineers at NASA Ames Research Center, the CEV Thermal Protection System Advanced Development Project simulates the searing temperatures of the capsule's re-entry into Earth's atmosphere, using two large NASA 'arc jet' facilities. + View Images
Crew Launch Vehicle (CEV) model Crew Launch Vehicle (CLV) Scale Model
View images of the Crew Launch Vehicle (CLV) test in the 11-foot wind tunnel at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif that took place in late February 2006.
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lcross approaching moon New NASA Ames Spacecraft to Look for Ice at Lunar South Pole
Images of a small, 'secondary payload' spacecraft selected to travel to the moon to look for water ice at the lunar south pole in October 2008. + View Images
NASA Ames Research Center fact sheets (Downloadable PDFs):

For more related information on the Constellation Program please download the fact sheets below:

1) NASA Ames Contributions to Space Exploration + Download PDF
2) NASA Ames Arc Jet Complex + Download PDF
3) The Impact of High-End Computing on the Space Shuttle Program + Download PDF

 
 
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