In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA plans an uncrewed flight test of the Orion Launch Abort System early next week. The agency has selected Titan, a moon of Saturn, as the destination for a bold mission called Dragonfly, one with a drone rotor craft equipped to survey conditions at a place perhaps similar to Earth before life emerged. Sunday is Asteroid Day, and a full solar eclipse is coming to regions of South America next Tuesday.
Human Space Exploration
NASA gearing up for big test of Orion Crew Capsule next weekSpace.com (6/27): The escape system for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS)/Orion astronauts is scheduled to be tested in flight with a launch Tuesday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida The Launch Abort System is designed to pull Orion away from its launch vehicle in the event of an anomaly or during the rocket’s ascent. Once safely clear of its trouble launch vehicle, parachutes would deploy, slowing the capsule’s descent into ocean waters in range of recovery forces. The uncrewed test is planned for Tuesday at 7 a.m., EDT. During the three minute test, the instrumented Orion spacecraft will rise to about six miles.
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