NASA schedules Orion/SLS launch abort test


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My heart be still! NASA has now scheduled June 12 for its second Orion/SLS launch abort test.

Called Ascent Abort-2, the upcoming uncrewed test will launch from a pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and last less than 3 minutes. Once Orion reaches an altitude of 31,000 feet (9,448 meters) about 55 seconds after liftoff, the tower-mounted abort rocket motor will rip the Orion space capsule from its booster to simulate a launch emergency escape.

The article also notes that this second abort test follows the last, which took place in May 2010, nine years previously. I want that amount of time to sink in. NASA allowed nine years to pass between its first and second Orion abort tests. Nine years. We fought and won World War II in about a third of that amount of time. The Civil War took about half that time. In fact, it took SpaceX less time to conceive, design, and launch the Falcon Heavy.

Any project that takes this long to accomplish anything is a fraud. It indicates that the goal of SLS/Orion is not to build and fly a manned capsule, but to suck money from the taxpayer for as long as possible.

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2 comments

  • David

    And the capsule will not include parachutes. So they’re not really testing that the capsule can perform a safe return to Earth from this abort situation. They’re just throwing away a capsule mock up that probably cost tens of millions of dollars in materials and labor, and not really learning much of anything.

  • pzatchok

    https://www.space.com/29329-spacex-tests-dragon-launch-abort-system.html

    Space X could have been using Dragon manned capsules for the last few missions as cargo carriers just to test them but NASA.

    There is no way on this planet that it actually took Space X 4 years to manufacturer an operational craft.

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