Pad Abort 1 Flight Sequence
July 20, 2010
JSC2010-E-046313 (January 2010) --- An artist's rendering shows the Orion launch abort vehicle descending back to Earth following the Pad Abort 1 flight test at the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The launch abort system has completed its job and separated from the crew module 21 seconds into the flight. At 31 seconds into the flight, the drogue chutes are cut away from the crew module and main chute pilot mortars fire to deploy three small pilot parachutes. The pilot chutes immediately extract the three main parachutes.
Topics: Disaster Accident, Apollo program, Spaceflight, Space exploration, Pilot chute, Pad Abort 1, Parachute, Parachuting, Project Constellation, Manned spacecraft, Human spaceflight, Orion, Spacecraft, the Orion, United States Army, New Mexico, artist