NASA uses the system to destroy the LAS launcher to save the astronauts if the Orion ship missile explodes.
Space Launch System (Space Launch System – SLS), the giant rocket of the US Aerospace Agency (NASA) is higher than the Statue of Liberty, expected to be launched into orbit at the beginning of December 2019, according to the International Business Times. The final task of the SLS is to bring four astronauts on the multi-purpose space ship Orion (Orion MPCV) to Mars and beyond.
Although the manned flight does not take place before 2023, NASA is seeking to build a Destroyer System (Launch Abort System – LAS) aimed at saving astronauts and taking them to safety in case of necessity. .
LAS is a safe mechanism that helps take Orion’s crew module out of the launcher. The LAS consists of two main parts, the first being the assembly or the cover that protects the module from heat and wind. The other part is the launch destroyer tower (launch abort tower) containing 3 engines. In an emergency, the combustion engine is like a small rocket that pushes the crew module out of the rocket, then navigates and takes the astronaut to a safe place.
Launching system uses a combination of 3 engines to bring astronauts to safety. (Photo: NASA).
The function of the LAS system is expected to be tested in the test in April 2019. The missile built by Orbital ATK will bring the Orion test ship weighing 10 tons with full LAS function to a height of 9.7 km at 1,600 km / h. After reaching the required height, the destroyer engine started to operate, pushing the test ship away from the launch missile.
“This is the only time we tested the launcher system fully. Verifying that it works as intended in an emergency is an important step, before we take the astronaut to the ship. “, Don Reed, an expert working at Nasa’s Johnson Space Center, said….