Jettison Motor for AA-2 Flight

NASA/Frank Michaux2018-09-11


Washington, DC, United States

The jettison motor for Orion’s Launch Abort System (LAS) is shown inside the Launch Abort System Facility (LASF) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The motor, which arrived at Kennedy on Sept. 10, 2018, will be stored in the LASF until processing for a full-stress test of the LAS called Ascent Abort-2 (AA-2), scheduled for April 2019. Designed and built by NASA and Lockheed Martin, the LAS will protect astronauts if a problem arises during launch by pulling the spacecraft away from a failing rocket. The jettison motor is one of three solid propellant rocket motors in the LAS (the abort motor and attitude control motor are the other two). The jettison motor will pull the LAS away from the crew module, allowing Orion’s parachutes to deploy and the spacecraft to safely land in the ocean.

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  • Title: Jettison Motor for AA-2 Flight
  • Creator: NASA/Frank Michaux
  • Date Created: 2018-09-11
  • Location: LASF
  • Rights: KSC
  • Album: ajwatso3