Orion Launch Abort System Could Be Keeper

By Mark Carreau

NASA’s Constellation Program, although facing cancellation, is moving ahead with the development of key technologies, including a sophisticated Launch Abort System for the Orion capsule that could be used by commercial crew transportation services or a follow-on government spacecraft.

The steerable life-saving system is scheduled for its first test flight on May 6, at the U.S. Army’s White Sands Missile Range, N.M. ...

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