NASA’s Constellation program for the next generation of space rockets includes a heavy lift launcher called the Ares V. Ares V will carry heavy payloads into orbit, such as very large scientifi c satellites, space station replacement modules and
supplies, and Earth departure stages that will propel human spacecraft to the Moon and Mars.
Raising heavy payloads to orbit is challenging. Rockets require powerful engines and massive amounts of propellants. NASA’s Ares V will be able to accomplish the job. It will be one of the largest and most powerful
rockets ever built. However, Ares V won’t be the only heavy lift vehicle needed. There will be a
market for commercial delivery of propellants and modules and robots for constructing tourist
hotels, supply delivery, and more. In the future, heavy lift vehicles will become (excuse the
expression) a “booming business.”