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  • Launch Abort System Pathfinder

    VIDEO: Orion LAS Arrival

    The Orion Launch Abort System, or LAS, pathfinder returned home to NASA Langley on Monday for a short stay as it makes its way to NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

  • Objects used to test the system's ability to detect potentially hazardous surface objects

    Sensors to Guide Spacecraft to Safe, Distant Landings

    NASA is developing technologies that will allow landing vehicles to automatically identify and navigate to a safe landing site.

  • Ping-pong ball and paddle

    Ping Pong Balls to Float Crew Capsule Simulator

    When students proposed using ping-pong balls to keep an Orion mockup afloat, NASA engineer David Covington laughed and thought, 'That's the most awesome thing I've heard in a long time!'

  • STORRM hardware

    A Perfect STORRM

    NASA and its industry partners successfully demonstrated a new sensor technology that will make it easier and safer for spacecraft to rendezvous and dock to the International Space Station.

  • Second NESC resident engineer class

    Resident Engineers Take a New Look at Their Futures

    The NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) Resident Engineers program gives NASA engineers a chance to try out different disciplines before they settle into a career path.

  • Hydro Impact Basin groundbreaking June 8, 2010

    NASA Langley to Break Ground on Hydro Impact Basin

    On June 8, NASA Langley will break ground on a $1.7 million Hydro Impact Basin that will serve to validate and certify that future space vehicles.

  • HYTHIRM image of space shuttle Discovery during STS-128 mission

    Thermal Images at Mach 13

    NASA Langley's HYTHIRM team is on a roll. For the fifth time researchers have successfully captured a thermal image of the space shuttle as it re-entered the Earth's atmosphere.

  • Pad Abort 1 Test Successful

    Pad Abort 1 Test Successful

    NASA's Pad Abort 1 flight test, a launch of the abort system designed for the Orion crew vehicle, lifted off at 9 a.m. EDT May 6 at the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range near Las Cruces, N.M.

  • PA-1 launch.

    Pad Abort-1: A Test That Goes Off Like Clockwork

    Everything went off on the dot. Everything. At 9 a.m. Thursday, a flash on the screen at Reid Conference Center was greeted with applause by a small gathering, most of which had large portions of their life invested in the Orion Launch Abort System.

  • JSC2009-E-245876 -- Engineers work inside NASA’s mobile operations facility

    Pad Abort 1’s Mobile Mission Control

    Engineers will monitor and launch the Pad Abort 1 flight test from the mobile operations facility at the White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), N.M.