Launch Abort System Jettison is Executed

Crowds of spectators watch from Jetty Park in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on July 2, 2019, as a Northrop Grumman provided booster launches from Launch Pad 46 carrying, a fully functional Launch Abort System with a test version of Orion attached for NASA’s Ascent Abort-2 (AA-2). Photo credit: NASA/Ben Smegelsky

The jettison motor has ignited, pulling away the Launch Abort System from the crew module. The crew module is in a planned free-fall and descending back to the ocean.