Ares I Crew Launch Vehicle Overview

Marshall Space Flight Center’s Danny Davis, manager of the Upper Stage of the new Ares I Crew Launch Vehicle, has given a fascinating inside overview of the vehicle that will transport Lockheed Martin’s Orion.

Question: Could you please give us an outline of your role?

Davis: I manage the Ares I Upper Stage Element Office. The Upper Stage is an integral part of the Ares I launch vehicle that provides the second stage of flight for delivery of the Orion vehicle to low earth orbit.

My office is responsible for development of the stage requirements, stage design, verification of the design, fabrication and assembly, and support to operations at KSC.… Read the rest

Lockheed Contract to Kickstart Real Estate Market

From the Galveston County Daily News – A day after Lockheed Martin won the bid to build NASA’s next-generation spacecraft, Orion, intriguing real estate speculation began orbiting.

The work to build the shuttle’s successor is expected to create about 1,100 jobs. Numbers fluctuate, but Lockheed Martin Space Operations has more than 1,000 employees in the region and offices at 2625 Bay Area Blvd. Word has it that a new office to house all the new workers is being planned on the site of the recently demolished Clarion Hotel, 1301 NASA Road 1.

Ultimately, NASA is expected to spend $8 billion to build Orion.… Read the rest