Latest Pad Abort 1 Stories

2010-09-23 19:20:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced today that it successfully conducted a static firing of the third nozzle risk reduction motor in support of the Orion jettison motor, a critical component of the launch abort system (LAS) for NASA's Orion crew exploration vehicle. This successful test firing validates several nozzle design changes implemented to enhance the safety and reliability of the jettison motor. Today's test was...

2010-07-21 08:45:00

Aerospace engineers at NASA's Ames Research Center are conducting a series of wind tunnel tests to develop technology for future human space exploration. Using a six percent scale Orion model, featuring complex moving parts, engineers are simulating various launch abort conditions the spacecraft might encounter during ascent to characterize the effects of launch abort and control motor plumes on the aerodynamics of the Orion spacecraft. One of the critical aspects of human space flight is the...

2010-05-06 13:12:00

WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M., May 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Pad Abort 1 flight test, a launch of the abort system designed for the Orion crew vehicle, lifted off at 7 a.m. MDT Thursday at the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) near Las Cruces, N.M. The flight lasted about 135 seconds from launch until the crew module touchdown about a mile north of the launch pad. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The flight was the first...

2010-05-06 14:40:00

The new Orion crew capsule was successfully launched on Thursday as part of a test of its launch-abort system. The launch-abort system catapulted the capsule from a desert launch pad at 7 a.m. and reached speeds of about 450 mph in just 2.5 seconds.  The capsule landed about a mile north of the launch site as hundreds of onlookers clapped and cheered. The Orion launch-abort system is designed to whisk astronauts and the capsule to safety in case a problem on the launch pad occurs...

2010-05-05 13:50:00

With hundreds of tests and verifications officially complete, members of the Flight Test Readiness Review board unanimously agreed that Pad Abort 1 (PA-1) is ready for launch May 6 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. Often in a readiness review prior to any launch, there are open items that need to be closed before a mission gets the "go-ahead." If there is an issue with hardware or software, the launch date could be delayed until it is fixed. However, on April 22, the PA-1 team concluded that...

2010-04-29 10:57:37

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...

2010-04-08 07:44:46

NASA has set a launch date and a media preview day for its next flight test, called Pad Abort 1. The flight test is part of an ongoing mission to develop safer vehicles for human spaceflight applications. The test is scheduled for May 6, with a media preview day April 23. Registration deadlines for reporters planning to attend are as early as April 9. Pad Abort 1 will be the first fully integrated test of the launch abort system being developed for the Orion crew vehicle. The information...

2010-03-19 07:45:00

MINNEAPOLIS, March 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) announced that it successfully completed the second of two ground tests of a full-scale attitude control motor (ACM) for the launch abort system (LAS) of NASA's Orion crew exploration vehicle. The second test was conducted on March 17, and evaluated environment extremes and ignition system robustness in addition to confirming the motor performance. The test was conducted at ATK's facility in Elkton, Maryland,...

2010-01-13 12:23:00

HOUSTON, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New Mexicans have the rare chance to touch a piece of a moon rock in January at NASA's Driven to Explore traveling exhibit. Driven to Explore offers a look at America's program to return humans to the moon and travel beyond. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The exhibit will be located at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, N.M. on Wednesday, Jan. 20 through Thursday, Jan. 21. The exhibit will be open 8 a.m....

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