Orions Launch Abort System Test Stand
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Orion's Launch Abort System Test Stand

June 25, 2009
(9 June 2008) -- Alliant Techsystems' new vertical test platform -- built at the company's facility in Promontory, Utah, to test the full-scale abort motor for the Orion crew capsule's launch abort system -- allows the motor to be tested top-side-down with its nozzles pointing skyward. The platform is housed in a movable building to keep the motor out of the elements until it is tested. The launch abort system is a key element in NASA's continuing efforts to improve safety as the agency develops the next generation of spacecraft to return humans to the moon.

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