NASAâ€™s Redstone Test Center has concluded hot-fire tests of an Aerojet Rocketdyne-built jettison motor for the Orion spacecraftâ€™s launch abort system.
The motor generated over 40K pounds of thrust for nearly two seconds on Oct. 16 in Huntsville, Ala., marking the motorâ€™s final hot fire test, the space agency said Thursday.
The testingâ€™s completion verifies the readiness of the motor to support Artemis II, a manned lunar flyby mission scheduled for a 2022 launch.
The jettison motor works to separate the LAS from the spacecraft for parachuted crew landing. The LAS also features two other motors: an attitude control unit for capsule steering and an abort motor that undocks Orionâ€™s crew module from the rocket.
Aerojet Rocketdyne built the jettison motor under Lockheed Martin, Orionâ€™s prime contractor.