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Pad Abort 1 Attitude Control Motor
04.15.10
 
Pad Abort 1 Attitude Control Motor
JSC2010-E-041289 (17 March 2010) --- The second ground test of a full-scale attitude control motor (ACM) for the launch abort system (LAS) designed for the Orion crew exploration vehicle is shown in this photo. The test was conducted at Alliant Techsystems' (ATK) facility in Elkton, Md. on March 17. It was the seventh in a series of ground tests of the ACM system. The motor is designed to keep a crew module on a controlled flight path in the event it needs to jettison and steer away from a launch rocket in an emergency. The entire LAS is scheduled to be demonstrated during a Pad Abort 1 flight test at the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico in the spring of 2010 to continue to refine technologies for crew safety systems. Photo credit: ATK

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JSC2010-E-023763 (10 Feb. 2010) --- The attitude control motor arrives at the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico for integration into the Pad Abort-1 (PA-1) flight test launch vehicle. Together with the abort and jettison motors, the attitude control motor will undergo an integrated flight test to evaluate the ability of the system to pull an astronaut crew to safety in the event of an emergency on a launch pad. Photo credit: U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range



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JSC2010-E-041288 (17 March 2010) --- The second ground test of a full-scale attitude control motor (ACM) for the launch abort system (LAS) designed for the Orion crew exploration vehicle is shown in this photo. The test was conducted at Alliant Techsystems' (ATK) facility in Elkton, Md. on March 17. It was the seventh in a series of ground tests of the ACM system. The motor is designed to keep a crew module on a controlled flight path in the event it needs to jettison and steer away from a launch rocket in an emergency. The entire LAS is scheduled to be demonstrated during a Pad Abort 1 flight test at the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico in the spring of 2010 to continue to refine technologies for crew safety systems. Photo credit: ATK



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JSC2009-E-284890 (15 Dec. 2009)--- NASA, Alliant Techsystems (ATK) and Lockheed Martin performed a ground test of a full-scale attitude control motor for the launch abort system of the Orion crew exploration vehicle. The test was conducted at ATK's facility in Elkton, Md. The motor operates to keep the crew module on a controlled flight path in the event it needs to jettison and steer away from the Ares I launch vehicle in an emergency, and then it reorients the module for parachute deployment and landing. Together, the eight-proportional valves can exert up to 7,000 pounds of steering force to the vehicle in any direction upon command from the crew module. Image Credit: ATK



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JSC2009-E-284889 (15 Dec. 2009)--- NASA, Alliant Techsystems (ATK) and Lockheed Martin performed a ground test of a full-scale attitude control motor for the launch abort system of the Orion crew exploration vehicle. The test was conducted at ATK's facility in Elkton, Md. The motor operates to keep the crew module on a controlled flight path in the event it needs to jettison and steer away from the Ares I launch vehicle in an emergency, and then it reorients the module for parachute deployment and landing. Together, the eight-proportional valves can exert up to 7,000 pounds of steering force to the vehicle in any direction upon command from the crew module. Image Credit: ATK



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JSC2009-E-284888(15 Dec. 2009) --- NASA, Alliant Techsystems (ATK) and Lockheed Martin performed a ground test of a full-scale attitude control motor for the launch abort system of the Orion crew exploration vehicle. The test was conducted at ATK's facility in Elkton, Md. The motor operates to keep the crew module on a controlled flight path in the event it needs to jettison and steer away from the Ares I launch vehicle in an emergency, and then it reorients the module for parachute deployment and landing. Together, the eight-proportional valves can exert up to 7,000 pounds of steering force to the vehicle in any direction upon command from the crew module. Image Credit: ATK



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JSC2009-E-284887 (15 Dec. 2009) --- NASA, Alliant Techsystems (ATK) and Lockheed Martin performed a ground test of a full-scale attitude control motor for the launch abort system of the Orion crew exploration vehicle. The test was conducted at ATK's facility in Elkton, Md. The motor operates to keep the crew module on a controlled flight path in the event it needs to jettison and steer away from the Ares I launch vehicle in an emergency, and then it reorients the module for parachute deployment and landing. Together, the eight-proportional valves can exert up to 7,000 pounds of steering force to the vehicle in any direction upon command from the crew module. Image Credit: ATK



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JSC2009-E-284886(15 Dec. 2009) --- NASA, Alliant Techsystems (ATK) and Lockheed Martin performed a ground test of a full-scale attitude control motor for the launch abort system of the Orion crew exploration vehicle. The test was conducted at ATK's facility in Elkton, Md. The motor operates to keep the crew module on a controlled flight path in the event it needs to jettison and steer away from the Ares I launch vehicle in an emergency, and then it reorients the module for parachute deployment and landing. Together, the eight-proportional valves can exert up to 7,000 pounds of steering force to the vehicle in any direction upon command from the crew module. Image Credit: ATK