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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Technicians prepare to pull the launch abort motor that will be used on next year's EFT-1 demonstration out from a truck inside the Launch Abort System Facility at Kennedy Space Center in Florida...on February 21, 2013.
NASA / Charisse Nahser

Paving The Way for 2014... Just recently, Alliant Techsystems—otherwise known as ATK—delivered the launch abort motor that will be flown on Exploration Flight Test (EFT)-1, which is scheduled to lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida later next year. The abort motor will be used in a contingency event where an Orion capsule needs to jettison from an aberrant Space Launch System...either when the rocket is still on the pad or is already thousands of feet up in the air. Targeted for September of 2014, EFT-1 will be conducted using a Delta IV Heavy vehicle provided by the United Launch Alliance.

A truck carrying the launch abort motor that will be used on next year's EFT-1 demonstration pulls up at the Launch Abort System Facility at Kennedy Space Center in Florida...on February 21, 2013.
NASA / Charisse Nahser

The launch abort motor that will be used on next year's EFT-1 demonstration is ready to be pulled out of the truck after its arrival at the Launch Abort System Facility at Kennedy Space Center in Florida...on February 21, 2013.
NASA / Charisse Nahser

Technicians pull the launch abort motor that will be used on next year's EFT-1 demonstration out of the truck inside the Launch Abort System Facility at Kennedy Space Center in Florida...on February 21, 2013.
NASA / Charisse Nahser

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