NASA performed a successful test of the Launch Abort System (LAS) for the Orion spacecraft from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station early Tuesday morning.
The test is critical to the success of the Artemis program, ensuring a safe flight for astronauts that will one day launch to the Moon and then Mars in Orion. The LAS is attached to the top of the rocket, above the Orion spacecraft, and works by propelling the spacecraft away from the rocket if there are any accidents during a launch.
Initial performance data from twelve recovered data recorders indicate a successful test of the abort system, good initiation of the abort motors, and reorientation of the launch abort system.
The Orion spacecraft splashed down into the Atlantic Ocean three minutes and thirteen seconds after launch and was not recovered by NASA.
Contributions to this piece by Michael Galindo