NASA Invites Media to Final Orion Jettison Motor Test in Huntsville, Alabama

On August 28, Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully tested the jettison motor at the Redstone Test Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The jettison motor is one of three motors on the Orion spacecrafts launch abort system (LAS) and performs the critical task of separating the LAS structure from the spacecraft to allow crew members to continue on their journey during a normal launch sequence, or enables the spacecraft to deploy its parachutes for a safe landing after an abort scenario.
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Media are invited to witness the final test for a motor on the launch abort system of NASAs Orion spacecraft prior to the first crewed Artemis missions to the Moon. The test will take place Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Redstone Test Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

NASA, with the help of contractors Lockheed Martin and Aerojet Rocketdyne, is certifying the jettison motor for human spaceflight on the Artemis II mission Orions first flight with astronauts aboard and an important milestone in NASAs Moon to Mars exploration approach. During this third and final test, the jettison motor will fire for just under two seconds on the ground, producing more than 40,000 pounds of thrust.

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