Weather Forecast Shows 70-Percent ‘Go’ For Ascent Abort-2 Flight Test From Cape Canaveral

By  //  July 1, 2019

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launch window opens at 7 a.m.

NASA Television will broadcast the launch and pre-launch activities for the Ascent Abort-2 flight test of the launch abort system for NASA’s Orion spacecraft’s, which will help pave the way for Artemis missions with astronauts to the Moon and then Mars.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Weather forecast by the 45th Weather Squadron shows a 70-percent ‘go’ for launch on Tuesday as the Ascent Abort-2 flight test of the launch abort system for NASA’s Orion spacecraft attempts lift off from Cape Canaveral.

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.

Space Coast Daily TV coverage will begin at 6:40 a.m.

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, along with the Space Launch System and Gateway, which will land the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024.

Through the Artemis program, the next American Moon walkers will depart Earth aboard Orion and begin a new era of exploration.