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Pad Abort 5 Jettison Motor
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Pad Abort 5 Jettison Motor

July 28, 2010
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.