The Orion Jettison Motor
July 2, 2009
JSC2009-E-121679 (May 2009)--- Built by Aerojet, Orion's jettison motor was prepared for shipment from Sacramento, Calif to the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico for the first test, called Pad Abort-1, of the launch abort system. The abort system will be capable of pulling the crew module away from the Ares 1 crew launch vehicle within milliseconds in the event of an emergency on the pad or during the initial ascent phase.
Topics: Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Space exploration, Disaster Accident, Boilerplate, Aerojet, Pad abort test, Ares, Shuttle-Derived Launch Vehicle, Ares I, Project Constellation, Human spaceflight, Orion, United States Army, Sacramento, New Mexico, California