Hot fire of the attitude control motor on Orion’s launch abort system. (Credit: NASA)
PROMONTORY, Utah – Oct. 10, 2020 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) will continue supporting NASA’s Artemis missions by providing six additional abort motors and attitude control motors (ACM) for the Orion human spaceflight capsule’s Launch Abort System (LAS), under an agreement with Lockheed Martin, Orion’s prime contractor.
These motors will be used for six crewed Artemis missions III-VIII and are the first procured under the new Orion production contract.
The Launch Abort System is a three-motor stack consisting of an abort motor, an attitude control motor and the jettison motor all mounted atop the Orion spacecraft crew capsule, and the combined Orion and LAS sit atop of NASA’s Space Launch System.
“As a former astronaut, there is nothing more important to me than ensuring crew safety to the greatest extent possible,” said Charlie Precourt, vice president, propulsion systems, Northrop Grumman. “Our contribution to Orion’s Launch Abort System helps to ensure it is equipped with trusted, reliable propulsion to safeguard Artemis crews.”
The LAS is designed to carry the Orion spacecraft and its crew to safety if an anomaly occurs on the launch pad or during ...