Author Topic: Launch Abort System - 1960s to Mars (Splinter thread)  (Read 2213 times)

Online Chris Bergin

Giving this a standalone area, as it covers a lot more than just the SpaceX element, so it allows for more than just SpaceX comments.

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2012/02/spacex-dragon-advancing-launch-abort-system-new-heights/

Edit: We're going with one LAS abort, not two, per Soyuz 18A not being LAS abort (thanks for the note - stupid internet ;))

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Re: Launch Abort System - 1960s to Mars (Splinter thread)
« Reply #1 on: 02/03/2012 06:42 AM »
Another fine article (Tips hat).

I have found the unmanned launch aborts to be equally interesting reading.  2 1Ks, 4 7K-L1s, 1 Soyuz (14 Dec 66), 3 N-1s, 2 VA LVIs, & MA-3.  The only LES failure in there would be 1K #1 - only that one and the second VA LVI would have been LOC (recovery system failure).


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Re: Launch Abort System - 1960s to Mars (Splinter thread)
« Reply #3 on: 02/03/2012 04:17 PM »
Wouldn't the MR-1 launch, in flight shutdown, rising four inches, settling back on the pad, and firing the LAS without whisking the capsule to safety count as a LES failure that could have resulted in a LOC?

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Re: Launch Abort System - 1960s to Mars (Splinter thread)
« Reply #5 on: 02/03/2012 04:25 PM »
Heh! Love it...



You know... that is So funny to watch now but I can only imagine how many people loaded their shorts when that happened.... :)
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Re: Launch Abort System - 1960s to Mars (Splinter thread)
« Reply #6 on: 02/03/2012 06:12 PM »
The comments are shining examples of the best of our youth too:
What no one said it was an obvious photo shop?

Of course my recent favorite was a recent college grad who actually thought the US no longer had nuclear weapons. The youth never cease to amaze me...
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Re: Launch Abort System - 1960s to Mars (Splinter thread)
« Reply #7 on: 02/04/2012 03:15 AM »
Not to be picky or some such thing, but the actual Mercury abort system was first tested in April 1959, and not 1960. Attached is a photo from my collection.

I'll do some more digging and give you an exact time table as soon as I can, just in case anyone may want to know.
« Last Edit: 02/04/2012 03:17 AM by zerm »

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Re: Launch Abort System - 1960s to Mars (Splinter thread)
« Reply #8 on: 02/04/2012 12:28 PM »
11 Mar, 14 Apr, & 22 Jul of 1959.  In-house by Wallops using 'boilerplate' capsules  to evaluate various configurations for the LES exhaust nozzles & thrust profiles, IIRC.

Beach Abort (9 May, 1960) was the first flight of a production Mercury.

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Re: Launch Abort System - 1960s to Mars (Splinter thread)
« Reply #9 on: 02/05/2012 02:28 AM »
11 Mar, 14 Apr, & 22 Jul of 1959.  In-house by Wallops using 'boilerplate' capsules  to evaluate various configurations for the LES exhaust nozzles & thrust profiles, IIRC.

Beach Abort (9 May, 1960) was the first flight of a production Mercury.


You are correct- I missed Mar. 11... read right past it.

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Re: Launch Abort System - 1960s to Mars (Splinter thread)
« Reply #10 on: 08/26/2016 09:01 PM »
Mercury Pad Abort 1 "Beach Abort" Escape Tower Test 1960-05-09 NASA; from Project Mercury (1961)

 
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