NASA, Air Force to launch Ascent Abort-2 mission

Posted at 1:31 PM, Jun 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-29 16:31:57-04

NASA is patnering with the U.S. Air Force to launch the Ascent Abort-2 mission from Space Launch Complex-46 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The launch is scheduled for July 2 at 4 a.m. Pacific time.

NASA, Air Force, Industry Partners with Abort Test Booster
Photo Courtesy: NGIS

The launch vehicle is call the Abort Test Booster and it’s powered by a refurbished ballistic missile rocket motor.

The AA-2 flight test will demonstrate NASA’s Orion Launch Abort System, which is built to ensure the safety of the crew during ascent on deep-space missions.

NASA intends this test to paves the way for Artemis 2, the program for the first flight of astronauts who head a mission to carry humans around the moon for the first time in half a century.

NASA plans to send the first woman and next man to the moon in 2024.