In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS)/Orion Launch Abort System underwent a critical test early this morning. The hardware is an essential part of U.S. efforts to return to the surface of the Moon in 2024 with human explorers, where they are to establish a sustainable presence to prepare for the future exploration of Mars.
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Critical abort test of NASA’s Orion crew capsuleSpaceflightnow.com (7/1): Ascent Abort 2, NASA’s test flight of the Launch Abort System for the Orion/Space Launch System crews that are launched into deep space occurred at 7 a.m., EDT, this morning. The three minute flight sent the uncrewed Orion capsule about six miles into the skies over Cape Canaveral Air Station, Florida, where the abort system atop the spacecraft fired pulling the capsule away from Peacekeeper first stage. In a real emergency, the automated escape system would be triggered by a rocket failure. Once clear of the troubled rocket, the Orion capsule would re-orient and deploy parachutes so the spacecraft and it crew could descend onto the ocean waters. To watch a replay of the test flight, www.nasa.gov/nasalive
Orion capsule’s Launch-Abort System: How it worksSpace.com (7/1): Less than a minute after ...