Amy Johnson
757-864-7022/ 757-272-9859
Media Invited to Interview Launch Abort System Manager
HAMPTON, Va. -- In a little more than a week NASA's next flight test, called Pad Abort-1, will lift off from the pad at the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range, near Las Cruces, N.M.

A team from NASA's Langley Research Center will travel to support the test, scheduled for May 6.

On Thursday, April 29, from 1 to 3 p.m., local media are invited to interview launch abort system (LAS) manager Kevin Rivers and chief engineer David McGowan before they travel to White Sands. Media should contact Amy Johnson at 757-864-7022 by noon Wednesday, April 28, if they would like to schedule an interview during that time.

The LAS was designed to offer a safe, reliable method of removing the astronaut crew from danger should an emergency occur on the launch pad or during the vehicle's climb to orbit. It employs ground-breaking rocket technology never tested before. The development of the Orion launch abort system is led by NASA Langley in partnership with Marshall Space Flight Center. Langley also designed and produced the crew module simulator that will be used for the flight test.

PA-1 is the first fully integrated test of the launch abort system that was developed for the Orion crew exploration vehicle as part of an ongoing mission to develop safer vehicles for human spaceflight applications. The Pad Abort-1 vehicle consists of a tower-like launch abort system positioned over a simulated crew module. For the test, the vehicle will be launched by its abort motor to a height of approximately one mile and approximately one mile downrange.

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