NASA Set to Launch In-Flight Abort Test of Orion Crew Capsule Tuesday Morning

The Ascent Abort-2 test booster and launch abort system on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Photo: NASA

NASA is set to conduct an extremely important in-flight abort test Tuesday morning of their Orion Crew Capsule, to prove the spacecraft’s Launch Abort System (LAS) can pull astronauts away from a failing rocket during the violent ascent to space atop 8.8 million pounds of thrust from the agency’s huge Space Launch System (SLS).

Orion has been in development for well over a decade now as NASA’s deep-space crew capsule, originally envisioned for the now cancelled ARES/Constellation program. NASA is focused on a permanent human presence on the moon and staging area for Mars, and has tasked the Orion and SLS programs with the Artemis missions to land people on the moon by 2024.

Liftoff is scheduled for 7:00am Eastern time July 2, at the opening of a 4-hour “window”, and will mark the last major flight test before the first Orion launches atop SLS on the Artemis 1 mission.

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