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Pad Abort 1 Vehicle Assembly and Testing
04.07.10
 
JSC2009-E-219002 -- Crew module
JSC2009-E-219002 (24 Sept. 2009) --- Functional tests of the crew module are conducted at the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) in New Mexico in preparation for the Pad Abort-1 launch abort system flight test in 2010.

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JSC2009-E-150020 -- Orion's Abort Motor and Adapter Cone Assembly + View high-resolution
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JSC2009-E-150020 (30 July 2009) --- At the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, Orion's Abort Motor was mated to the Adapter Cone Assembly. Other pictures in this series show Orion's jettison motor, built by Aerojet, being mated to the abort motor, built by Alliant Techsystems, or ATK. In addition to the attitude control motor (not pictured), the motors will be used for the first Orion test, called Pad Abort-1, of the launch abort system. The abort system will be capable of pulling the crew module away from the Ares 1 crew launch vehicle within milliseconds in the event of an emergency on the pad or during the initial ascent phase. The launch abort system is a key element in NASA's continuing efforts to improve safety as the agency develops the next generation of spacecraft to return humans to the moon. Photo credit: U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range



JSC2009-E-148663 -- Orion's jettison motor and abort motor + View high-resolution
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JSC2009-E-148663 (29 July 2009) --- At the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, Orion's jettison motor, built by Aerojet, was mated to the abort motor, built by Alliant Techsystems, or ATK. In addition to the attitude control motor (not pictured), the motors will be used for the first test, called Pad Abort-1, of the launch abort system. The abort system will be capable of pulling the crew module away from the Ares 1 crew launch vehicle within milliseconds in the event of an emergency on the pad or during the initial ascent phase. The launch abort system is a key element in NASA's continuing efforts to improve safety as the agency develops the next generation of spacecraft to return humans to the moon. Photo credit: U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range



JSC2009-E-150020 -- Orion's Abort Motor and Adapter Cone Assembly + View high-resolution
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JSC2009-E-150002 (30 July 2009) --- At the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, Orion's Abort Motor was mated to the Adapter Cone Assembly. Other pictures in this series show Orion's jettison motor, built by Aerojet, being mated to the abort motor, built by Alliant Techsystems, or ATK. In addition to the attitude control motor (not pictured), the motors will be used for the first Orion test, called Pad Abort-1, of the launch abort system. The abort system will be capable of pulling the crew module away from the Ares 1 crew launch vehicle within milliseconds in the event of an emergency on the pad or during the initial ascent phase. The launch abort system is a key element in NASA's continuing efforts to improve safety as the agency develops the next generation of spacecraft to return humans to the moon. Photo credit: U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range



JSC2009-E-150043 -- Orion's Abort Motor and Adapter Cone Assembly + View high-resolution
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JSC2009-E-150043 (30 July 2009) --- At the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, Orion's Abort Motor was mated to the Adapter Cone Assembly. Other pictures in this series show Orion's jettison motor, built by Aerojet, being mated to the abort motor, built by Alliant Techsystems, or ATK. In addition to the attitude control motor (not pictured), the motors will be used for the first Orion test, called Pad Abort-1, of the launch abort system. The abort system will be capable of pulling the crew module away from the Ares 1 crew launch vehicle within milliseconds in the event of an emergency on the pad or during the initial ascent phase. The launch abort system is a key element in NASA's continuing efforts to improve safety as the agency develops the next generation of spacecraft to return humans to the moon. Photo credit: U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range



JSC2009-E-218919 -- Functional tests of the crew module + View high-resolution
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JSC2009-E-218919 (24 Sept. 2009) --- Functional tests of the crew module are conducted at the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) in New Mexico in preparation for the Pad Abort-1 launch abort system flight test in 2010. The Orion flight test vehicle interface van is also visible. For the PA-1 flight test, it will be the closest electronics interface and connected directly to the vehicle.



JSC2009-E-218940 -- Functional tests of the crew module + View high-resolution
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JSC2009-E-218940 (24 Sept. 2009) --- Functional tests of the crew module are conducted at the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) in New Mexico in preparation for the Pad Abort-1 launch abort system flight test in 2010.



JSC2009-E-219005 -- Functional tests of the crew module + View high-resolution
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JSC2009-E-219005 (24 Sept. 2009) --- Functional tests of the crew module are conducted at the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) in New Mexico in preparation for the Pad Abort-1 launch abort system flight test in 2010. The Orion flight test vehicle interface van is also visible. For the PA-1 flight test, it will be the closest electronics interface and connected directly to the vehicle.



JSC2009-E-227817 -- Technicians work on the crew module + View high-resolution
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JSC2009-E-227817 (21 Oct. 2009) --- Technicians work on the crew module portion of Orion's Pad Abort-1 (PA-1) flight test vehicle in the Final Integration and Test Facility at the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The crew module will be attached for the first flight test, called PA-1, of Orion's launch abort system. Photo credit: U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range.



JSC2009-E-228064 -- Orion's Pad Abort-1 flight test vehicle + View high-resolution
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JSC2009-E-228064 (26 Oct. 2009) --- Technicians work on a portion of Orion's Pad Abort-1 (PA-1) flight test vehicle in the Final Integration and Test Facility at the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. Left to right are the adapter cone assembly that attaches to the crew module (not pictured), the abort motor, the jettison motor and the interstage section not yet attached. In addition to the attitude control motor (not pictured), these motors will be used for the first test of the integrated launch abort system, PA-1. Photo credit: U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range.



JSC2009-E-228145 -- Orion's Pad Abort-1 test vehicle + View high-resolution
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JSC2009-E-228145 (27 Oct. 2009) --- At the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, a portion of Orion's Pad Abort-1 (PA-1) test vehicle is shown from above in the Final Integration and Test Facility during preparations for the flight test. From left to right are the adapter cone assembly that attaches to the crew module (not shown), the abort motor, the jettison motor and the interstage section not yet attached. In addition to the attitude control motor (not pictured), these motors will be used for the first Orion test of the launch abort system, PA-1. Photo credit: U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range



JSC2009-E-228152 -- Orion's Pad Abort-1 test vehicle + View high-resolution
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JSC2009-E-228152 (27 Oct. 2009) --- At the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, a portion of Orion's Pad Abort-1 (PA-1) test vehicle is shown from above in the Final Integration and Test Facility during preparations for the flight test. From left to right are the abort motor, the jettison motor and the interstage section not yet attached. In addition to the attitude control motor (not pictured), these motors will be used for the first Orion test of the launch abort system, PA-1. Photo credit: U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range



JSC2009-E-228154 -- Orion's Pad Abort-1 test vehicle + View high-resolution
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JSC2009-E-228154 (27 Oct. 2009) --- At the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, a portion of Orion's Pad Abort-1 (PA-1) test vehicle is shown from above in the Final Integration and Test Facility during preparations for the flight test. From left to right are the adapter cone assembly that attaches to the crew module (not shown), the abort motor, the jettison motor and the interstage section not yet attached. In addition to the attitude control motor (not pictured), these motors will be used for the first Orion test of the launch abort system, PA-1. Photo credit: U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range



JSC2009-E-241270 -- Pad Abort-1 flight test vehicle + View high-resolution
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JSC2009-E-241270 (3 Nov. 2009) --- At the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, a portion of the Pad Abort-1 (PA-1) flight test vehicle is shown from above in the Final Integration and Test Facility during preparations for the test to evaluate the ability of the launch abort 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



JSC2009-E-241272 -- Pad Abort-1 flight test vehicle + View high-resolution
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JSC2009-E-241272 (3 Nov. 2009) --- At the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, a portion of the Pad Abort-1 (PA-1) flight test vehicle is shown from above in the Final Integration and Test Facility during preparations for the test. From left to right are the abort motor, the jettison motor and the interstage section not yet attached. In addition to the attitude control motor (not pictured), these motors will be used for the integrated flight test to evaluate the ability of the launch abort 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



JSC2009-E-241540 -- Technicians work on the Pad Abort-1 flight test vehicle + View high-resolution
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JSC2009-E-241540 (5 Nov. 2009) --- Technicians work on the Pad Abort-1 (PA-1) flight test vehicle at the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. From left to right are the interstage section (not yet attached), the jettison motor and the abort motor. In addition to the attitude control motor (not pictured), these motors will be used for the integrated flight test to evaluate the ability of the launch abort 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



JSC2009-E-241549 -- Technicians work inside the boilerplate crew module + View high-resolution
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JSC2009-E-241549 (5 Nov. 2009) --- Technicians work inside the boilerplate crew module for the Pad Abort-1 (PA-1) flight test vehicle at the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The crew module is part of the integrated flight test to evaluate the ability of the launch abort 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



JSC2009-E-242181 -- Technicians work on the Pad Abort-1 flight test vehicle + View high-resolution
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JSC2009-E-242181 (13 Nov. 2009) --- Technicians work on the Pad Abort-1 (PA-1) flight test vehicle at the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. From left to right are the interstage section (not yet attached), the jettison motor and the abort motor. In addition to the attitude control motor (not pictured), these motors will be used for the integrated flight test to evaluate the ability of the launch abort 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



JSC2009-E-285989 -- Technicians prepare the parachutes + View high-resolution
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JSC2009-E-285989 (15 Dec. 2009) --- Technicians prepare the parachutes for integration into the Pad Abort-1 (PA-1) flight test vehicle at the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The parachutes are packed into a boilerplate crew module as part of the integrated flight test to evaluate the ability of the launch abort 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



JSC2010-E-037218 -- Pad Abort-1 flight test vehicle + View high-resolution
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JSC2010-E-037218 (25 Feb. 2010) --- At the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, a portion of the Pad Abort-1 (PA-1) flight test vehicle is shown from above in the final integration and test facility during preparations for the test at the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. From left to right are the abort motor, the jettison motor, the interstage section and the attitude control motor. The motors will be used for the integrated flight test to evaluate the ability of the launch abort 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



JSC2010-E-037526 -- Technicians work on the Pad Abort-1 flight test vehicle + View high-resolution
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JSC2010-E-037526 (1 Mar. 2010) --- Technicians work on the Pad Abort-1 (PA-1) flight test vehicle at the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The integrated flight test will evaluate the ability of the launch abort 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