WHAT HAP­PENS IN AN EMER­GENCY?

YOU Gateway to Space - - Liftoff! -

An emer­gency on board may be ei­ther a fire or an ex­plo­sion. B If it hap­pens at liftoff, the crew can es­cape in a small rocket called an es­cape tower which “grabs” the crew sec­tion and de­scends to the ground. This is called the launch es­cape sys­tem. It only works up to an al­ti­tude of 40 km. If not used it drops off and lands in an iso­lated area. B If an emer­gency hap­pens in the sec­ond stage, the space­craft can sep­a­rate from the rocket, de­ploy para­chutes and land on the ground.

The Apollo pro­gramme launch es­cape sys­tem at work Fins closed Fins open 1 2

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