- Awareness in space.
Context: NASA recently carried out a successful test of a launch-abort system for the Orion capsule designed to take U.S. astronauts to the Moon.
About Launch Abort System (LAS):
- It is designed to activate in the event of a rocket malfunction, on the pad or in flight.
- The LAS consists of three different types of solid-fuel rocket motors that will work in synchrony with one another.
- In case of a launch-pad or in-flight failure, the abort tower rocket provides 400,000 pounds of thrust, pulling the crew capsule away.
The Orion spacecraft is a major component of NASA’s newly-named Artemis program, which aims to return U.S. astronauts to the lunar surface in 2024.
Sources: the Hindu.