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NASA to test Orion launch abort system

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by Staff Writers
Washington (UPI) Nov 10, 2008
The U.S. space agency and Alliant Techsystems Inc. say they are planning the first full-scale test of the Orion crew capsule launch abort system.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration and Alliant say the first full-scale test firing of the motor for the new launch abort system will be conducted Nov. 20 at the company's launch systems facility in Promontory, Utah.

The launch abort system will be located atop the Orion crew exploration vehicle. The abort motor is designed to pull the crew module away from the Ares I launch vehicle during an emergency situation on the launch pad or during the first 300,000 feet after launch.

NASA said the event will mark the first such test since the Apollo Program tested its launch escape system in the 1960s.

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First Rocket Parts Of NASA's New Launch System Arrive In Florida
Cape Canaveral FL (SPX) Nov 05, 2008
The first major flight hardware of the Ares I-X rocket has arrived in Florida to begin preparation for the inaugural test flight of the agency's next-generation launch system. The test flight is targeted for July 12, 2009.







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