Ares V Cargo Launch Vehicle in orbit A concept image shows the Ares V cargo launch vehicle.

Altair Lunar Lander Three crew members work in the area of their lunar lander on the lunar surface in this NASA artist's rendering.

WASHINGTON -- NASA invited interested industry, academia and reporters to learn more about the Ares V heavy lift-launch vehicle and the Altair lunar lander and the roles they will play in returning humans to the moon by 2020.

The Exploration Systems Mission Directorate forum was held Thursday, Sept. 25 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H Street, NW, Washington. The forum focused on the first phase conceptual designs for the Ares V heavy lift-launch vehicle, the Altair lunar lander and lunar exploration scenarios. Forum attendees discussed the outcomes of a nine-month lunar transportation capabilities study and near term business opportunities.

Participants from NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate included Doug Cooke, deputy associate administrator for the directorate, Geoff Yoder, director, Directorate Integration Office; and Jeff Hanley, manager of NASA’s Constellation Program.

NASA TV Rebroadcast
› NASA Television will rebroadcast the forum on its public channel Thursday, Sept. 25 at 4 and 9 p.m. EDT. For NASA TV downlink, schedule and streaming video information, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

Click here for the Agenda (19.1 KB PDF)

Lunar Exploration Industry Briefings are available for download here:

Lunar Concept Capabilities Review (3.2 MB PDF) -- Jeff Hanley, Constellation Program Manager
Ares V Launch Vehicle (1.4 MB PDF) -- Steve Cook, Ares Project Manager
Altair Lunar Lander (1.3 MB PDF) -- Clint Dorris, Deputy Manager, Altair Project Office
Lunar Architecture - Integrated Analyses and Strategy (2.1 MB PDF) -- Geoff Yoder, Directorate Integration Office
Near Term Procurements and Schedule (196 KB PDF) -- Jeff Hanley, Constellation Program Manager

RECAP: ESMD Technology Needs for Ares V and Altair (2.1 MB PDF) -- Frank Peri, Exploration Technology Development Program

For media inquiries, contact Stephanie Schierholz at 202-358-4997 or Grey Hautaluoma at 202-358-0688.