NASA TV Provides Coverage Of New Launch Abort System Test

WASHINGTON -- NASA Television will provide live coverage of the May 6
launch of the Pad Abort 1 flight test. The broadcast will begin at
8:30 a.m. EDT from the launch site at the U.S. Army's White Sands
Missile Range near Las Cruces, N.M.

The launch window extends from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. EDT, with liftoff
targeted for the beginning of the window. Pad Abort 1 will be the
first fully-integrated test of the launch abort system being
developed for the Orion crew vehicle. The information gathered
through the test will be used to design and develop future systems
that provide a safe escape for crews in the event of an emergency.

Media representatives planning to attend the flight test must contact
the White Sands Missile Range Public Affairs Office at 575-678-1134.
The deadline for U.S. journalists to register is May 3. The launch
viewing area is approximately four miles from the launch pad.

A news conference will be held approximately one hour after the test
and carried live on NASA TV. The participants are:

Doug Cooke, associate administrator, Exploration Systems Mission
Mark Geyer, manager, Orion Project Office
Don Reed, manager, Orion Flight Test Office

For NASA TV downlink, schedule and streaming video information, visit:


For more information about the Pad Abort 1 flight test, visit:


Source: NASA

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