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Launch Abort System Flight Tests

DFRC Movie # Date Movie Description
EM-0099-11 June 14, 2011 NASA's Orion/MPCV Capsule Departs Dryden for KSC
EM-0099-10 May 16, 2009 Orion Test Module Acoustic Test: Engineers at NASA's Dryden Flight Center conduct acoustic tests on the Orion Test Module for the First Launch Abort System Flight Test.
EM-0099-09 Circa 2008 NASA animation of the Orion Module Launch Abort System "Ascent" Abort Flight Test.
EM-0099-08 Circa 2008 NASA animation of the Orion Module Launch Abort System Pad Abort Flight Test.
EM-0099-07 November 2008 NASA technicians conducting moment-of-inertia tests on the Orion PA-1 Crew Module.
EM-0099-06 October 2008 Engineers Conduct Weight-and-Balance Tests on the Orion PA-1 Crew Module.
EM-0099-05 October 2008 Time-lapse video of the Orion capsule undergoing weight, balance and center of gravity tests at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center.
EM-0099-04 March 30, 2008 Orion Flight Test Crew Module is towed to NASA Dryden Flight Research Center.
EM-0099-03 March 30, 2008 Air Force crew paints the first Orion Crew Module flight test vehicle.
EM-0099-02 March 30, 2008 Air Force crew prepares the first Orion Crew Module flight test vehicle.
EM-0099-01 April 1, 2008 Orion Crew Module flight test vehicle arriving at Dryden on an Air Force C-17

NASA Dryden Flight Research Center had a critical role in the early development of the Constellation systems. Applying Dryden's expertise with testing unique flight configurations, Dryden helped to manage and implement the abort flight tests for the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle. Dryden lead the development and integration of the full-size Orion test articles along with development of the ground support equipment, flight instrumentation and launch facility construction for the early pad abort and all ascent abort flight tests.

The Orion Abort Flight Test effort included two pad abort tests, simulating aborts during a launch pad emergency, and four ascent aborts, simulating aborts during first stage flight of Orion spacecraft. Dryden managed procurement and oversees development of the solid fuel abort test booster rockets used for ascent abort testing, and was responsible for the integration of the Orion test articles with their booster rockets.

NASA Dryden also supported Constellation program technical integration activities.

The Orion Abort Flight Test project was managed by NASA Dryden under the leadership of the Project Orion Flight Test Office at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas.

Part of NASA's fleet of next generation spacecraft, Orion was designed to take astronauts to the International Space Station and then back to the moon.



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