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Launch-abort test 

Topic covered:

  1. Awareness in space.

Launch-abort test 

 

Context: NASA recently carried out a successful test of a launch-abort system for the Orion capsule designed to take U.S. astronauts to the Moon.

 

About Launch Abort System (LAS):

  • It is designed to activate in the event of a rocket malfunction, on the pad or in flight
  • The LAS consists of three different types of solid-fuel rocket motors that will work in synchrony with one another.
  • In case of a launch-pad or in-flight failure, the abort tower rocket provides 400,000 pounds of thrust, pulling the crew capsule away. 

 

Background:

The Orion spacecraft is a major component of NASA’s newly-named Artemis program, which aims to return U.S. astronauts to the lunar surface in 2024.

 

Sources: the Hindu.

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