Tuesday, February 08, 2011

ULA announces progress on crew escape system

United Launch Alliance today announced completion of demonstration tests of the emergency detection system it is developing under NASA's commercial crew vehicle development program.

ULA said it had completed "the most significant portion of the final milestone" of the program's first round with several simulations that showed a launch vehicle successfully alerting a spacecraft to separate in response to emergency conditions.

The simulations used multiple combinations of spacecraft with Atlas V and Delta IV rockets, ULA said.

NASA next month is expected to announce the winners of a $200 million second round of funding under the Commercial Crew Development program, known as CCDev.

Click here to link to ULA's press release and a promotional video.

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