Watch replays of the Orion inflight abort test
Orion abort test post-launch briefing (members only)
NASA successfully tests Orion launch abort system before moon flights
Orion data recorders come with return-to-sender instructions
Live coverage: NASA conducts Orion abort test over Cape Canaveral
NASA and industry teams at Cape Canaveral launched an Orion capsule on a three-minute atmospheric test flight Tuesday to prove the spaceship’s ability to escape from an exploding rocket during launch, demonstrating a key safety feature before astronauts ride the vehicle into deep space. Liftoff occurred at 7 a.m. EDT (1100 GMT).
Critical abort test of NASA’s Orion crew capsule set for Tuesday
Two Minotaur launches planned this year from Virginia
Northrop Grumman is gearing up for up to four launches this year at Wallops Island, Virginia, including two launches with Cygnus cargo ships heading to the International Space Station, and a pair of Minotaur rocket flights carrying classified payloads into orbit for the U.S. government’s spy satellite agency.