Successful Orion Abort Test Brings NASA Closer to Moon Mission

Bill Jelen

July 2, 2019

Filtered by Category: NASA

At 7AM local time on July 2, 2019, NASA conducted a test of the Orion Launch Abort System. After 50 seconds of powered flight, NASA initiated the abort sequence and the Launch Abort System successfully pulled the Orion crew module away from the rocket.

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What Cocoa Beach Viewers Will See During Tomorrow's Orion Ascent Abort Test Tomorrow

Anyone on Cocoa Beach tomorrow at 7AM will witness a fascinating show during the unmanned Orion Ascent Abort Test 2. The two-hour launch window begins at 7 AM on Tuesday July 2, 2019 with a back-up launch day of July 3, 2019.

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SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and lands just 17 miles downrange on an Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship.  Photo credit: Michael Seeley / We Report Space

CRS-17 Delivery Returns Cargo Dragon to Station

SpaceX's CRS-17 launch marks two "returns" to the International Space Station: in general, the return of cargo dragon flights following the successful Crew Dragon demo in March 2019, and specifically, the re-use of the Dragon capsule from the CRS-12 mission, returning to station after its August 2017 mission.

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A prelaunch news conference for SpaceX’s 17th Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-17) mission to the International Space Station for NASA is held at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 2, 2019. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

SpaceX CRS-17: What's On Board?

Despite the Crew Dragon anomaly which figuratively rocked the Space Coast in late April, SpaceX and NASA are pushing ahead with the CRS-17 flight, citing confidence in the cargo Dragon (or Dragon 1) spacecraft. CRS-17 will re-use a previously flown cargo Dragon, which last visited the International Space Station during CRS-12 in 2017.

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NG-11 Launches from Virginia's Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport.  Photo credit: Jared Haworth / We Report Space

NG-11 Payload Preview: BioNutrients

Almost everyone know if you put yeast with the correct ingredients you can make bread, or wine or beer. Have you ever thought about making vitamins, or even medicine? This is the focus of the BioNutrients experiment, carried to the International Space Station aboard Cygnus during the NG-11 mission.

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