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Jacobs Completes Successful AA-2 Flight Test for NASA’s Artemis Moon Program; Steve Arnette Quoted

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Steve Arnette

In support of NASA, Jacobs has completed a full-stress flight test of the Orion spacecraft’s Launch Abort System (LAS) amd verified that the system can steer the spacecraft and astronauts aboard to safety in an emergency, the company reported Tuesday.

The flight test, Ascent Abort-2 (AA-2) was a critical step to demonstrate Orion’s safety and continue to develop the next steps of human exploration in space. The successful completion of AA-2 will pave the way for NASA’s Artemis 1 mission, the first uncrewed flight of NASA’s Space Launch System rocket with the Orion crew capsule.

The Jacobs team played a crucial role in every project phase of AA-2 across five centers of NASA including design, development, integration of crucial avionics and data collection systems, final launch processing and integration and launch operations. Jacobs will also play a major role in the full analysis of launch and test data captured from sensors and instruments for the mission.

“As NASA’s largest services provider, we collaborate internally and partner with NASA to deliver mission-tailored solutions that enable safe exploration of the Moon and beyond,” said Steve Arnette, the senior vice president of Jacobs’ Aerospace, Technology and Nuclear sector.

“Delivering full lifecycle aerospace capabilities across multiple NASA centers allows Jacobs to be integrally involved in supporting NASA’s aggressive deep space exploration objectives.”

About Jacobs 

Jacobs leads the global professional services sector delivering solutions for a more connected, sustainable world. With approximately $12 billion in revenue and a talent force of more than 50,000, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of services including scientific, technical, professional and construction- and program-management for business, industrial, commercial, government and infrastructure sectors.