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5 Things to Know About SpaceX’s Pad Abort Test


5 Things to Know About SpaceX s Pad Abort Test SpaceX

5 Things to Know About SpaceX s Pad Abort Test SpaceX

Source: http://www.spacex.com/news/2015/05/04/5-...

A Pad Abort Test is a trial run for a spacecraft’s launch abort system (sometimes called a launch escape system). This system is designed to quickly get the crew and spacecraft away from the rocket in the event of a potential failure. It is similar to an ejection seat for a fighter pilot, but instead of ejecting the pilot out of the spacecraft, the entire spacecraft is “ejected” away from the launch vehicle.

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Fascinating but I hope they find a better word to use than Abort.

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