The Orion Jettison Motor
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The Orion Jettison Motor

July 2, 2009
JSC2009-E-119853 (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.

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