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Re: NASA getting Orion Simulator Ready for AA-2 test
« Reply #20 on: 07/17/2018 09:27 AM »
The second of three aeroshells, at right, for Orion's Launch Abort System (LAS) arrives by flatbed truck in High Bay 4 of the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on June 26, 2018. The aeroshell was shipped from EMF Inc. on nearby Merritt Island. Workers are preparing to offload the aeroshell and secure it in the high bay. The aeroshells will be stacked and prepared for a full-stress test of the LAS, called Ascent Abort-2 (AA-2) flight test, scheduled for April 2019. During the test, a booster will launch from Space Launch Complex 46 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, carrying a fully functional LAS and a 22,000-pound Orion test vehicle to an altitude of 31,000 feet and traveling at more than 1,000 miles an hour. The test will verify the LAS can steer the crew module and astronauts aboard to safety in the event of an issue with the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket when the spacecraft is under the highest aerodynamic loads it will experience during a rapid climb into space. Orion is being prepared for its first integrated uncrewed flight atop the SLS on Exploration Mission-1.

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Re: NASA getting Orion Simulator Ready for AA-2 test
« Reply #21 on: 07/20/2018 10:54 PM »
aeroshells for the Orion spacecraft's Ascent Abort-2 flight test

Inside KSC! for July 20, 2018


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Published on Jul 20, 2018

This week in space news, aeroshells for the Orion spacecraft's Ascent Abort-2 flight test have arrived at Kennedy, and the first of two 35-foot-tall Tail Service Mast Umbilicals that will deliver propellants to the Space Launch System rocket is installed on the Mobile Launcher.

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Re: NASA getting Orion Simulator Ready for AA-2 test
« Reply #22 on: 08/03/2018 01:23 PM »
Some pictures from Facebook, with Administrator Brindestine visiting the Ascent Abort capsule - shows how large it is, even if obviously not fully instrumented or in a spaceworthy crewed config.
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Re: NASA getting Orion Simulator Ready for AA-2 test
« Reply #23 on: 08/03/2018 02:43 PM »
Fold up the seats and it appears to be as least as large as the lower deck on the Shuttle no?
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Re: NASA getting Orion Simulator Ready for AA-2 test
« Reply #24 on: 08/11/2018 04:31 PM »
The TRS/GCA is scheduled to be transporter from the Surge 1 Facility to SLC 46 today for fit checks, path finding, etc.

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Re: NASA getting Orion Simulator Ready for AA-2 test
« Reply #25 on: 08/17/2018 01:36 PM »
The aeroshells for Orion's Launch Abort System (LAS) are being stacked in High Bay 4 of the Vehicle Assembly Building on Aug. 3, 2018, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The aeroshells are being prepared for a full-stress test of the LAS, called Ascent Abort-2 (AA-2) flight test, scheduled for April 2019. During the test, a booster will launch from Space Launch Complex 46 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, carrying a fully functional LAS and a 22,000-pound Orion test vehicle to an altitude of 31,000 feet and traveling at more than 1,000 miles an hour. The test will verify the LAS can steer the crew module and astronauts aboard to safety in the event of an issue with the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket when the spacecraft is under the highest aerodynamic loads it will experience during a rapid climb into space. Orion is being prepared for its first integrated uncrewed flight atop the SLS on Exploration Mission-1.

Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

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