Aug. 21, 2007
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
MEDIA ADVISORY: M07-107
NASA TO ANNOUNCE CONTRACTOR FOR ARES I UPPER STAGE PRODUCTION
WASHINGTON - NASA will host a news conference at 4 p.m. EDT on
Tuesday, Aug. 28, to announce the selection of a contractor for the
upper stage element of the Ares I rocket that will help launch future
human missions to the moon. The Ares I will carry to low Earth orbit
the Orion crew exploration vehicle, which will succeed the space
shuttle as NASA’s primary vehicle for human space exploration.
The news conference will take place in the NASA Headquarters James E.
Webb Memorial Auditorium, 300 E St. S.W., Washington. It will air
live on the Web and on NASA Television. Reporters may ask questions
from participating NASA locations. Journalists should coordinate with
local agency centers by 4 p.m. EDT Monday, Aug. 27, for access
Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration Systems Doug Cooke,
Constellation Program Manager Jeff Hanley, Ares Project Manager Steve
Cook and Upper Stage Element Manager Danny Davis will announce the
selection and discuss the program.
The Ares I upper stage will provide the navigation, guidance, control
and propulsion required for the second stage of the rocket’s ascent.
The Ares I first stage will consist of a single solid rocket booster
and motor similar to those used on the space shuttle with the
addition of a fifth motor segment.
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