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US NewsNASA tests new rocket launch abort system

13:50  03 july  2019
13:50  03 july  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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NASA tests new rocket launch abort system © Getty NASA will send a woman to the moon by 2024

NASA has successfully tested its new launch abort system - ensuring that astronauts can escape from on top of a rocket if a launch is going wrong.

The Orion spacecraft's abort system needs to be faster than a rocket in flight so it can pull the astronauts to safety, meaning a simple ejector-seat cannot really make the grade.

Planned to carry the first woman to the moon in 2024, the Orion spacecraft will be rocketed off Earth by NASA's new Space Launch System - the most powerful engine the agency has ever used.

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This NASA photo shows an unmanned space module during a flight to test a launch - abort system for a future lunar landing program This NASA photo shows an unmanned space module In the test , which was carried live on NASA TV, an unmanned Orion capsule was launched by a mini- rocket -- a

The Ascent Abort 2 test rocket and launch escape system blast off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on a 6 million test flight. The abort system is designed to pull an Orion moon capsule, hidden from view inside an aerodynamic shroud

Part of the preparations for the mission was testing the Orion spacecraft's safety features. It travelled to an altitude of almost six miles (9.7km) before the abort sequence was initiated.

NASA tests new rocket launch abort system © Getty

NASA stated: "Within milliseconds, the abort motor fired to pull the crew module away from the rocket.

"Its attitude control motor flipped the capsule end-over-end to properly orient it, and then the jettison motor fired, releasing the crew module for splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean.

"A team is collecting the 12 data recorders that were ejected during the test capsule's descent. Analysis of the information will provide insight into the abort system's performance."

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NASA has launched a test version of its Orion capsule to demonstrate the abort system meant to NASA conducted a full-stress launch abort test Tuesday for the Orion capsules designed to carry The first, in New Mexico in 2010, was lower and slower. A launch abort system on a Russian rocket

A launch abort system on a Russian rocket saved the lives of two astronauts last October. They launched again in December, this time making it to the International Space Station, where they're still working. "It had been 35 years since anyone on the planet had had to exercise their launch abort

The test comes almost 50 years after the first men Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon in July 1969.

In total, just 12 men have landed on the moon over the course of six Apollo missions.

The most recent man to walk the moon was part of the Apollo 17 mission in December 1972.

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