Northrop Grumman Plans Second Orion Launch Abort Motor Test

First Orion launch abort motor test on June 15, 2017. (Credit: Northrop Grumman)

Second Ground Test of Launch Abort Motor for NASA’s Orion Spacecraft

Northrop Grumman will conduct its second qualification test of its launch abort motor December 13 in Promontory, Utah. The abort motor is a major part of NASA’s Launch Abort System, which provides an enhancement in spaceflight safety for astronauts. The completion of this milestone brings NASA’s Orion spacecraft one step closer to its first flight atop NASA’s Space Launch System and to enabling humans to explore the moon, Mars and other deep space destinations beyond low-Earth orbit.

What: Ground test firing of launch abort motor

When: Thursday, December 13, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. (weather dependent)

Where: Northrop Grumman facility in Promontory, Utah

A public viewing area is available along State Road 83 North approximately 20 miles west of Corinne, Utah (see map – follow directions to Promontory). Please note: We recommend you arrive at the viewing site an hour prior to the test.

Please Note: Drones are NOT allowed to fly over Northrop Grumman property.

  • Robert G. Oler

    waste of money

  • Adjure

    Why is that Robert?

  • redneck

    I agree with RGO on this one. Qualifying an escape system for a vehicle unlikely to fly with crew, and possibly not at all. Zip Code engineering at its’ finest.

  • duheagle

    Yes. A lesser wastage within a much larger wastage.

  • Robert G. Oler

    it is unclear what “role” Orion has as a crew delivery system…the only one so far is a lunar gate way station that is in all respects a make work project…ie it has no real role in getting us to the Moon or Mars…

    and Orion has near zero chance of operating as any kind of lunar lander (although the systems might) or Mars vehicle

    its a vehicle trying to find a mission