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Launch escape, 1: Escape towers

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Having achieved lift-off, the next hazardous phase of the mission is getting from the pad and safely into orbit while riding a potential explosive rocket. In addressing this challenge the designers of manned spacecraft have evolved two main systems of crew evacuations during ascent: by means either of an escape tower or ejection seats. In addition, there are a number of flight profiles developed in the event of an erroneous launch profile that does not require the crew to be evacuated from the vehicle but to “fly” a trajectory that hopefully will ensure either their safe return to Earth or to orbit.


Detection System Safe Return Aerospace Technology Main System Ground Support 
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