NASA will test the launch abort system for the Orion crew exploration vehicle on May 6 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., even though Orion and its Ares I crew launch vehicle are canceled in the agency’s Fiscal 2011 budget request. Work is continuing pending congressional approval of the request—an issue that is very much unsettled on Capitol Hill—and the system was stacked on top of a boilerplate Orion capsule on April 3. The solid-fuel system includes a primary motor that generates ...


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