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NASA to test emergency ability of new spacecraft

coondoggie (973519) writes | more than 6 years ago

NASA 2

coondoggie writes "NASA this week will show off the first mock up of its Orion space capsule ahead of the capsule's first emergency astronaut escape system test. NASA in late 2008, says it will jettison the full-size structural model off a simulated launch pad at the US Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The launch escape vehicle sits atop the Orion capsule which is slated to be bolted on an Ares rocket. The escape vehicle is made up of three solid rocket motors as well as separation mechanisms and canards, and should offer the crew an escape capability in the event of an emergency during launch, according to NASA. [spam URL stripped]"
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Orbital Science is the contractor (1)

space_hippy (625619) | more than 6 years ago | (#22656276)

Orbital Science is the manufacture of the Orion CEV Launch Abort System [orbital.com]

A spaceship inside a spaceship! (1)

alienzed (732782) | more than 6 years ago | (#22660498)

Two frickin' spaceships in one! I'll feel much safer when there's 6001 hulls.
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