April 29, 2010
NASA TV Provides Coverage Of New Launch Abort System Test
NASA Television will provide live coverage of the May 6 launch of the Pad Abort 1 flight test. The broadcast will begin at 8:30 a.m. EDT from the launch site at the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range near Las Cruces, N.M.
The launch window extends from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. EDT, with liftoff targeted for the beginning of the window. Pad Abort 1 will be the first fully-integrated test of the launch abort system being developed for the Orion crew vehicle. The information gathered through the test will be used to design and develop future systems that provide a safe escape for crews in the event of an emergency.
A news conference will be held approximately one hour after the test and carried live on NASA TV. The participants are:
- Doug Cooke, associate administrator, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate
- Mark Geyer, manager, Orion Project Office
- Don Reed, manager, Orion Flight Test Office
For NASA TV downlink, schedule and streaming video information, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv
For more information about the Pad Abort 1 flight test, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/orion