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Constellation Program

The vehicles of the Constellation Program are NASA's replacements for the Space Shuttle. Unlike earlier programs like the X-33, Constellation will directly inherit the legacies of both Apollo and the Space Shuttle, using parts and concepts of these earlier programs to build more dependable and economical craft that are supposed to serve as America's access to the International Space Station, our means of returning to the Moon, and visiting other worlds for the first time. This pathfinder covers the work that NASA is doing to bring Constellation's spacecraft from papers to products.

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Contents: Books Articles and Reports Internet Resources


McElyea, Tim. Project Constellation: Moon, Mars, and Beyond. Burlington, ONT: Apogee Books, 2007
TL789.8 .U6 C66 M34 2007 BOOKSTACKS
United States. Government Accountability Office. NASA: Sound Management and Oversight Key to Addressing Crew Exploration Vehicle Project Risks. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Accountability Office, 2006
TL521.3 .C74 2006 PPM-STACKS

Articles and Reports

Abell, Paul A.; DJ Korsmeyer, RR Landis, et al. "Scientific Exploration of Near-Earth Objects via the Crew Exploration Vehicle", in Thirty-Eighth Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Houston, TX, 12-16 Mar. 2007
(20070005802: (March 2007) NTRS)
Balaban, Edward, Michael Orosz, Tatiana Kichkaylo, et al. "Planning to Explore: Using a Coordinated Multisource Infrastructure to Overcome Present and Future Space Flight Planning Challenges", in AAAI 2006 Spring Symposium, Palo Alto, CA, 27-29 March 2006
(20060019171: (March 2006) NASA ASD)
de Week, Oliver, William A. Evans, Joe Parrish, and Sarah James. NASA Space Exploration Logistics Workshop Proceedings, NASA/CP-2006-214202, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC, 17-18 Jan. 2006
(20060013432: (April 2006) NTRS)
Dumbacher, Daniel. "Building Operations Efficiencies into NASA's Ares I Crew Launch Vehicle Design", in AIAA Space 2006, San Jose, CA, 19-21 Sept. 2006
(20070002791: (Sept. 2006) NTRS)
__________. "NASA Crew and Cargo Launch Vehicle Development Approach Builds on Lessons from Past and Present Missions", in AIAA SpaceOps 2006, Rome, Italy, 19-23 June, 2006
(20060025543: (June 2006) NTRS)
Finkbeiner, Joshua R., Patrick H. Dunlap, Jr., Bruce M. Steinetz, and Christopher C. Daniels. "Apollo Seals: A Basis for the Crew Exploration Vehicle Seals", NASA/TM-2006-214372, in Forty-Second AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, Sacramento, CA, 9-12 July 2006
(20060056282: (July 2006) NASA ASD)
Kidd, Luanne, Kenneth B. Morris, and Tim Self. "The Challenges of Integrating NASA's Human, Budget, and Data Capital within the Constellation Program's Exploration Launch Projects Office", in Fifty-Seventh International Astronautical Congress, Valencia, Spain, 2-6 Oct. 2006
(20070002623: (Oct. 2006) NTRS)
Lyles, Gary and David Lengyel. "Exploration Systems Risk Management Approach", in Fourth International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference and Exhibit, San Diego, CA, 26-29 June 2006
(20060026264: (Jan. 2006) NASA ASD)
Rothschild, William J., Debra A. Bailey, Edward M. Henderson, and Chris Crumbly. "Shuttle-Derived Launch Vehicles' Capablities: An Overview", in Space Exploration Conference, Orlando, FL, 30 Jan. - 1 Feb. 2005
(20050092397: (Feb. 2005) NASA ASD)
Snoddy, Jim. "Development of the J-2X Engine for the Ares I Crew Launch Vehicle and the Ares V Cargo Launch Vehicle: Building on the Apollo Program for Lunar Return Missions", in Fifty-Seventh International Astronautical Congress, Valencia, Spain, 2-6 Oct. 2006
(20070002803: (Oct. 2006) NTRS)
Sumrall, John P. "A New Heavy-Lift Capability for Space Exploration: NASA's Ares V Cargo Launch Vehicle", in Fifty-Seventh International Astronautical Congress, Valencia, Spain, 2-6 Oct. 2006
(20070002794: (Oct. 2006) NASA ASD)
Taylor, James L., James L. Reuter, and Jeffrey D. Sexton. "Systems Integration Processes for NASA Ares I Crew Launch Vehicle", in Fifty-Seventh International Astronautical Congress, Valencia, Spain, 2-6 Oct. 2006
(20070002810: (Oct. 2006) NTRS)

Internet Resources

NASA Websites
Dunbar, Brian. Ares Launch Vehicles. 26 Feb. 2007 [27 Feb. 2007]
__________. Constellation Program. 23 Feb. 2007 [26 Feb. 2007]
__________. Exploration Systems Architecture Study. 28 Aug. 2006 [26 Feb. 2007]
__________. Orion Crew Vehicle. 12 Jan. 2007 [27 Feb. 2007]
Zapata, Edgar. KSC Next Gen. 25 Feb. 2007 [26 Feb. 2007]
Contractors' Websites
Lockheed Martin. Orion Crew Vehicle. 2006 [27 Feb. 2007]
Orbital Sciences Corporation. Crew Exploration Vehicle. 12 Feb. 2007 [27 Feb. 2007]

Last Updated: March 2007