|June 25, 2019 |
Coverage Set for NASA Test of Orion Abort System for Moon to Mars Missions
MEDIA ADVISORY: M019-08
NASA Television will broadcast launch and prelaunch activities of the Ascent Abort-2 flight test of the Orion spacecraft’s launch abort system that will help pave the way for Artemis missions with astronauts to the Moon and then Mars.
The test’s four-hour launch window opens at 7 a.m. EDT Tuesday, July 2. A test version of the crew module will launch from Space Launch Complex 46 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. NASA TV coverage will begin at 6:40 a.m.
NASA also will host a preview news conference for the test at 11:30 a.m. Monday, July 1, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Participants include:
The launch and preview news conference will air on NASA TV and the agency’s website. A postlaunch news conference is not planned.
Ascent Abort-2 will verify Orion’s abort system can pull the crew module away from an emergency during its ascent to space. During approximately three minutes of flight, a booster will loft the test capsule about six miles into the atmosphere to experience high-stress aerodynamic conditions, at which point the abort sequence will be triggered to carry the crew module a safe distance from the rocket. The test flight will help ensure the safety of astronauts, in the unlikely event an emergency arises as they rocket into space.
Orion is part of NASA’s backbone for deep space exploration that will land the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024, along with the Space Launch System and the Gateway. Through the Artemis program, the next American Moon walkers will depart Earth aboard Orion and begin a new era of exploration.
Full mission coverage is as follows:
Monday, July 1
Press Site Hours of Operation: 6:00am to 4:30pm
Badging Hours of Operation: 4:30am to 6:00am
Foreign National Pickup Time: 5:45am
News Media Schedule
Tuesday, July 2
Press Site Hours of Operation: 5:30am to 4:30pm
Badging Hours of Operation: 4:00am to 5:15am
Foreign National Pickup Times: 5:00am
News Media Schedule
Media may view the AA-2 launch from the Kennedy Press Site or the roof of the 5th SLS building at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (space limited). Media who wish to view the launch from the 5th SLS should meet at the Kennedy Press Site at 6 a.m. to be escorted.
NASA TV Launch Coverage
NASA TV live coverage will begin at 6:40 a.m. For NASA TV downlink information, schedules and links to streaming video, visit http://www.nasa.gov/ntv
Audio only of the news conferences and launch coverage will be carried on the NASA “V” circuits, which may be accessed by dialing 321-867-1220, -1240, -1260 or -7135. On launch day, "mission audio," the launch conductor’s countdown activities without NASA TV launch commentary, will be carried on 321-867-7135. Launch also will be available on local amateur VHF radio frequency 146.940 MHz heard within Brevard County on the Space Coast.
NASA Web Prelaunch and Launch Coverage
Prelaunch and launch day coverage of AA-2 will be available on the NASA website. Coverage will include live streaming and blog updates beginning at 6:40 a.m. on launch day. On-demand streaming video and photos of the launch will be available shortly after liftoff. For questions about countdown coverage, contact the newsroom at 321-867-2468. You can follow countdown coverage on our launch blog at: https://blogs.nasa.gov/aa2/
Learn more about Orion and this flight test:
Prelaunch and launch day coverage will include blog updates: https://blogs.nasa.gov/aa2/
For more information about NASA’s Moon to Mars exploration plans, visit:
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