NASA will advance an ascent abort test of the Orion capsule while the agency readies for a late 2019 or early 2020 Space Launch System (SLS) debut, a program manager tells Aviation Week.  Ascent Abort Test 2 (AA-2) will test the capsule’s Tandem Tractor (Tower) launch abort system, which comprises three solid rocket motors and a parachute landing system. The AA-2 will test the system at maximum dynamic pressure (max Q).  “The test will be a midaltitude abort from ...

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