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News Archive / Tagged: Launch Abort System

  • Orion’s Ascent Abort-2 Crew Module delivered to KSC

    Jason RhianDecember 7th, 2018

    The Crew Module of NASA's Orion spacecraft has arrived at KSC in Florida. Its journey began at Johnson Space Center and will be used to further the agency's deep space exploration ambitions.

  • Blue Origin sets date to test in-flight abort system

    Curt GodwinOctober 1st, 2016

    With several other NewSpace firms encountering technical or financial difficulties, Kent, Washington-based Blue Origin is pushing forward with the latest test of its New Shepard system.

  • Launch abort motor case for Orion passes crucial test

    Jim SharkeyMarch 3rd, 2016

    Orbital ATK announced on Feb. 29 that it successfully conducted a test of the abort motor case the company is manufacturing for NASA's Orion spacecraft. The test was conducted on Jan. 26 in Clearfield, Utah. The motor is a part of Orion's Launch Abort System, which is designed to ensure the safety of astronauts flying on SLS.

  • Launch Abort System CDR complete, SLS on track for 2018 launch

    Jason RhianAugust 12th, 2015

    Rocket and spacecraft manufacturer Orbital ATK, along with Lockheed Martin, have successfully completed the Critical Design Review (CDR) of the Orion spacecraft's Launch Abort Motor. Finished on Thursday, Aug. 6. This paves the way for the first flight of SLS - slated for 2018.

  • Insider Interview: Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Human Space Program Director talks Orion

    Jason RhianDecember 13th, 2014

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — It took a number of organizations working as one to get NASA’s Orion spacecraft off of the ground and into the skies on December 5, 2014. While Lockheed Martin was the prime contractor on the spacecraft, United Launch Alliance (ULA ) provided the Delta IV Heavy booster, ATK produced the Launch […]

  • Launch abort system installed for Orion test flight

    Jim SharkeyOctober 8th, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Engineers and technicians at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida installed the Launch Abort System (LAS) on Friday, Oct. 3 in preparation for December’s launch of the Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) mission. The LAS, Orion crew capsule and service module will be tested together inside the Launch Abort System Facility (LASF).  […]

  • NASA’s Commercial Crew partners working to return launches to U.S. soil

    SpaceFlight InsiderMay 21st, 2014

    NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP ) partners are working in wind tunnels, software laboratories and other work stations across the country to continue to produce U.S. spacecraft and rocket designs in order to launch humans from U.S. soil  into low-Earth orbit as early as 2017.

  • NASA’s commercial partners make strides toward launching astronauts

    Collin SkocikMarch 2nd, 2014

    With escalating tensions in the Ukraine damaging U.S.-Russian relations and possibly jeopardizing American access to the International Space Station (ISS), recent accomplishments suggest NASA’s dependence on Soyuz-access to the ISS might be drawing to a close. NASA’s private partners under the space agency’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) have made steady progress toward being able to send astronauts to […]

  • NASA’s Commercial Crew Program set to make large strides in 2014

    Jason RhianJanuary 16th, 2014

    NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is poised to make great strides in the coming year, ones which could serve to validate the two-pronged approach on which the space agency has been directed. NASA is to return to the business of sending crews to deep space missions to destinations such as an asteroid in the mid 2020s […]

  • Wind tunnel testing used to understand the unsteady side of aerodynamics

    NASANovember 6th, 2013

    Think about a time you’ve been a passenger in a car and stuck your hand out the window. As your speed increases, so do the vibrations in your hand. Trying to keep those fingers steady as the wind whips around them at 75 mph gets pretty tricky, right?