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45th SW supports NASA's Orion in-flight abort test

The Ascent Abort-2 test flight launched on July 2, 2019, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The mission was to test the launch abort system aboard NASA's Orion capsule so astronauts will be kept safe if an anomaly occurs during the return to Earth from space. (U.S. Air Force photo by James Rainier)

The Ascent Abort-2 test flight launched on July 2, 2019, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The mission was to test the launch abort system aboard NASA's Orion capsule so astronauts will be kept safe if an anomaly occurs during the return to Earth from space. (U.S. Air Force photo by James Rainier)

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Orion capsule separates from Northrop Grumman’s Minotaur IV rocket as designed on July 2, 2019, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The capsule separated to test the launch abort system that will ensure an astronaut’s safety in the event of an anomaly when re-entering the Earth from space. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe Thacker)

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Orion capsule separates from Northrop Grumman’s Minotaur IV rocket as designed on July 2, 2019, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The capsule separated to test the launch abort system that will ensure an astronaut’s safety in the event of an anomaly when re-entering the Earth from space. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe Thacker)

The launch abort system of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Orion capsule descends to the ocean after the Ascent Abort-2 launch on July 2, 2019, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The AA-2 mission was to test the abort system that will keep astronauts safe should an anomaly occur upon re-entering the earth from space. (U.S. Air Force photo by James Rainier)

The launch abort system of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Orion capsule descends to the ocean after the Ascent Abort-2 launch on July 2, 2019, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The AA-2 mission was to test the abort system that will keep astronauts safe should an anomaly occur upon re-entering the earth from space. (U.S. Air Force photo by James Rainier)

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. --