ISRO’s first ‘pad abort’ test successful


  • 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.


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