The Orion Jettison Motor
July 2, 2009
SC2009-E-119854 (5 May 2009) --- The Orion jettison motor arrives at the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico for the first test of the launch abort system, called Pad Abort-1. Built by Aerojet, Orion's abort system was shipped from Sacramento, Calif. It 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, Aerojet, Pad abort test, In-flight aborts and rescue options, Ares, Shuttle-Derived Launch Vehicle, Ares I, Project Constellation, Human spaceflight, Orion, Disaster Accident