- The first ‘pad abort’ test critical for a future human space mission was conducted successfully.
About the Test:
- The test was conducted at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.
- The Pad Abort Test (PAT) demonstrated the safe recovery of the crew module in case of any exigency at the launch pad.
- The PAT (pad abort test) is the first in a series of tests to qualify a crew escape system technology of a manned mission in the future.
- The Crew Escape System is an emergency escape measure to quickly pull the crew module — the astronaut cabin — along with astronauts out to a safe distance from the launch vehicle in the event of a launch abort.
- The rockets are solid-fuel powered and specially designed for quickly ejecting the crew module and astronauts to a safe distance without exceeding the safe G-levels.