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Ares Mars Direct
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Ares
Ares
American orbital launch vehicle. The Ares launch vehicle was designed for support of Zubrin's Mars Direct expedition. It was a shuttle-derived design taking maximum advantage of existing hardware. It would use shuttle Advanced Solid Rocket Boosters, a modified shuttle external tank for handling vertically-mounted payloads, and a new LOx/LH2 third stage for trans-Mars or trans-lunar injection of the payload. Ares would put 121 metric tons into a 300 km circular orbit , boost 59 metric tons toward the moon or 47 metric tons toward Mars. Without the upper stage 75 metric tons could be placed in low earth orbit.

Status: Design 1991. Payload: 121,200 kg (267,200 lb). Gross mass: 2,194,600 kg (4,838,200 lb). Height: 82.30 m (270.00 ft). Diameter: 10.00 m (32.00 ft). Apogee: 300 km (180 mi).

LEO Payload: 121,200 kg (267,200 lb) to a 300 km orbit at 28.50 degrees. Payload: 47,200 kg (104,000 lb) to a trans-Mars trajectory.

Family: orbital launch vehicle, Winged. Country: USA. Spacecraft: Mars Direct. Agency: NASA.



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