NASA this week shared a video of key tests for the Orion spacecraft’s motor,media CNET reported. The Orion spacecraft is designed to transport astronauts to the moon for the space agency’s planned 2024 Artemis mission. On Tuesday, NASA successfully completed the development of the Orion Attitude Control Motor (ACM). In case of an emergency abort during launch, the motor can help maneuver the capsule.
“During the test, the eight high-pressure gas doors produced more than 7,000 pounds of thrust from solid rocket engines pointing in multiple directions while shooting in freezing conditions, providing enough force to direct Orion and its crew to land safely,” NASA said in a statement. ”
The Orion launch abort system uses three rocket engines, of which ACM is one of them. All three will need to pass a series of tests before Orion finally carries actual astronauts. NASA hopes to achieve this goal by 2024 with the Artemis program.
NASA has been sharing spectacular videos of tests related to the Artemis mission, including stunning views of the fuel tank of the space launch system that deliberately pushed its limits.