Orion Spacecraft Launch Abort Motor

Launch Abort Motor Orion Exploration Vehicle  

Northrop Grumman manufactures the main abort motor and attitude control motor that are an integral part of the Launch Abort System for NASA’s Orion spacecraft that will launch atop NASA’s Space Launch System and carry crew to deep space missions.

The Space Launch System will incorporate the Launch Abort System to safely lift the Orion crew module away from the launch vehicle in the event of an emergency on the launch pad or during ascent.

On June 15, 2017, and December 13, 2018, Northrop Grumman, along with NASA and Lockheed Martin, successfully conducted qualification ground test firings of the launch abort motor for NASA’s Orion spacecraft’s Launch Abort System (LAS). The tests took place at Northrop Grumman’s Promontory, Utah, facility, and were critical milestones toward qualification of the motor that will safely pull the Orion crew module away from NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) launch vehicle in the event of an emergency on the launch pad or during ascent.

The completion of these milestones brings Orion one step closer to its first flight atop NASA’s Space Launch System and to enabling humans to explore the moon, Mars and other deep space destinations beyond low-Earth orbit.

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