5 Things to Know About SpaceXâ€™s Pad Abort Test
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A Pad Abort Test is a trial run for a spacecraftâ€™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 â€śejectedâ€ť away from the launch vehicle.
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