The radiation factor

Orion’s first mission around the Moon will conduct radiation science onboard. The Matroshka AstroRad Radiation Experiment (MARE) has reserved two passenger seats on Exploration Mission-1 for Helga and Zohar, two ‘phantoms’ that will record radiation doses during...

NASA astronaut candidate Kayla Barron and NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik looking at the European Service Module and Crew Module Adapter at Kennedy Space Center, 12 February. Credits:NASA–Kim Shiflett

S-band radio, solar array drive and Sun sensor testing

Testing of the European Service Module and Crew Module Adapter for NASA’s Orion spacecraft continues at a high pace at the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA. Last week...

European Service Module at the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout building. Credits: NASA–R. Sinyak

Powered for Valentine’s

This Valentine’s Day marks a new beginning for the latest space exploration power couple. The European Service Module (ESM) and the Orion Crew Module Adapter (CMA) will be switched on  together for the very first time, allowing...

Radiation science for Orion

Cosmic radiation is considered to be the main health hazard for humans traveling to the Moon and beyond. Away from Earth’s magnetic field and into interplanetary space, the impact on the human body could be up to...

A 2019 lunar agenda for Orion

The year 2019 comes packed with new beginnings and final tests for the European Service Module, which will power and propel NASA’s Orion spacecraft that is expected to be fully assembled by June. The second half of...

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European Service Module welds complete

Before the New Year at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA, the final welds were finished that connect the European Service Module to the Crew Module Adapter. The two units are now one and form the...

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A new round of propulsion tests for Orion

Earlier this month the same type of engine that will power Orion’s first mission around the Moon was fired up again and put to further tests at NASA’s White Sands facility in New Mexico, USA with the...

Discussion while connecting European Service Module to Crew Module Adapter. Credits: NASA–R. Sinyak

Connecting the Crew Module Adapter

Update two: Longerons torquing for two longerons on Thursday 22 November 2018, the other four should be completed on Saturday after Thanksgiving. Update one: Working over the weekend the periphery bolts were all installed on Tuesday 20...

ESM team members awarded Silver Snoopys

The European Service Module (ESM) team has much to celebrate these days. Not only is the unit now at Kennedy Space Center for integration and testing, a major milestone for the team that has worked diligently over...

Orion media kit

Download this media kit to learn more about Orion, the journey to the Moon and the European elements in it. Navigate between pages from the contents page or with the arrows at the bottom of each page....

Anotonov A124. Credits: ESA–A. Conigli

How to ship a spacecraft module across the Atlantic

The European Service Module for NASA’s Orion spacecraft that will voyage around the Moon is complete and on its way from the Airbus integration hall in Bremen, Germany, to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA. The...

At Bremen airport. Credits: ESA–A. Conigli

First European Service Module enroute to USA

On Monday morning 5 November 2018 the first European Service Module for  NASA’s Orion spacecraft was loaded onto an Antonov An-124 aircraft in Bremen airport and sent across the Atlantic to the NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in...

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Hot-firing the engines

Controlled but still explosive firing tests of Orion’s propulsion system are taking place at NASA’s White Test Sands Facility in New Mexico, USA. Recent footage shows the mighty thrust of the spacecraft’s main engine, which provides enough...

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From components to shipping

Take a sneak peek at the elements that make up the European service module that will provide power, water, air and electricity to NASA’s Orion Moon module. Made in Europe, the service module is integrated in Bremen, Germany,...

Winner 10 years of ATV competition

Before Orion’s European Service Module was ESA’s Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) that flew five missions to the International Space Station bringing cargo, fuel, oxygen and boosting the Station to higher orbits, at the end of each mission...

Launch abort vehicle visualisation

NASA’s Advanced Supercomputing research scientists, at the agency’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley, are producing highly detailed simulations and visualisations to help keep astronauts safe during liftoff of NASA’s Orion spacecraft, which will send humans...

Last engine for first Orion lunar mission installed

The main engine for the European Service Module that will power NASA’s Orion spacecraft was installed with the rest of the spacecraft at Airbus’s assembly hall in Bremen, Germany, this week. This engine will provide the main...

Shipping the second European service module structure

While the first European service module is getting ready for transport to the USA this summer, the second module’s structure is already complete and heading to its integration hall in Bremen, Germany. Engineers at Thales Alenia Espace...