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Friday, October 3, 2014

EFT-1 Update: Orion Gets Its Launch Abort Motor...

Inside the Launch Abort System Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Launch Abort Motor is attached to the Orion EFT-1 spacecraft...on October 3, 2014.
NASA / Cory Huston

Earlier today, technicians inside the Launch Abort System Facility (LASF) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida installed the Launch Abort Motor atop of Orion as it gets closer to its December 4 flight date. All that needs to be done now is to attach the four ogive panels around the spacecraft...thus completing its Launch Abort System [whose jettison motors will be the only thrusters active during the launch of Exploration Flight Test (EFT)-1 less than nine weeks from now]. Orion will remain inside LASF till mid-November—when the capsule finally reaches the huge milestone of being transported to Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to be mated with its Delta IV Heavy rocket. The clock is ticking down towards lift-off of this momentous flight for NASA's human spaceflight program.

Inside the Launch Abort System Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Launch Abort Motor is about to be attached to the Orion EFT-1 spacecraft...on October 3, 2014.
NASA / Cory Huston

Inside the Launch Abort System Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Launch Abort Motor is about to be attached to the Orion EFT-1 spacecraft...on October 3, 2014.
NASA / Cory Huston

Inside the Launch Abort System Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Launch Abort Motor is attached to the Orion EFT-1 spacecraft...on October 3, 2014.
NASA / Cory Huston

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