Wednesday, July 03, 2019

NASA Orion spacecraft's launch abort system successfully launches...

Need a science guy to help me out here.  Does anyone remember the Saturn V?  I thought the old Apollo system was designed to pull the capsule away if there was an issue on the launch pad.  If that's true then why are they testing it by launching it into the sky?  I guess you would want to make sure it would work while the rocket is in boost phase but wouldn't you want it to work if an issue occured on the pad?

If NOT then how do they deal with an issue on the launch pad that requires getting our Astronauts away from presumably explosive rocket fuel quickly and without endangering other personnel?

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