Orion European Service Module-2 structure complete

Wrapping up our blog entries on the frame of the second European Service module for Orion, these pictures show the completed internal structure for Flight Model-2. It will support up to four astronauts and send them further...

Credits: NASA–Radislav Sinyak

European service module structure

In a series of blog posts based on images taken at the Thales Alenia Space facility in Turin, Italy, we will now have a look at part of Orion’s structure. This tank bulkhead made of aluminium forms...

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Video: Orion’s first exploration mission

Narrated by NASA mission manager Mike Sarafin this eight-minute video takes you on the 25-day mission of the first Exploration Mission for NASA’s Orion spacecraft, launching from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA. 

Under the Hood: A closer look at the Propulsion Qualifi...

NASA’s Orion Spacecraft to send astronauts on deep-space missions will be powered and propelled by the European Service Module, ESA’s contribution to the project. Testing at various stages of development has been ongoing, with upcoming tests involving...

European Orion functional model arrives in USA for comb...

Like modern aircraft with fly-by-wire technology, spacecraft depend on reliable electrical systems to calculate scenarios and command hardware to react for a safe and successful journey. For NASA’s Orion spacecraft that will be heading beyond the Moon...

In the air. Credits: OHB

Propulsion Qualification Module heading to USA

The European Service Module Propulsion Qualification Module is being shipped from assembly was completed in January in Stockholm, Sweden, and the model packed up and ready for shipment to NASA’s White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico,...

Propulsion Qualification Model (PQM), currently including the structure and the propellant tanks, ready for the start of integration activities at OHB Sweden.

Propulsion Qualification Model update

OHB in Sweden is assembling, integrating and doing initial testing of the European Service Module Propulsion Qualification Model (PQM) that represents the propulsion system for testing purposes. It is much heavier than the final module as it...

Testing complete on Orion service module test article

On Monday 12 December ESA handed over ownership of the Orion European Service Module test article to NASA at the agency’s Plum Brook facility – marking the end of individual testing for the structure. This version was...

Orion's Service Module Engine during vibration testing at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, USA. Credits: NASA

Orion main engine arrives in Europe

The main engine for the European Service Module that will power NASA’s Orion spacecraft was shipped from NASA’s White Sands facility and has arrived at Airbus Space and Defence assembly hall in Bremen, Germany. The first Orion exploration...

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Moving the service module test article

Over at NASA’s Glenn Research facility Plumbrook station the European service module test article was moved from its vibration table to the assembly high-bay area. This timelapse doesn’t do the huge size of the facility and the...

PQM delivery in Bremen, Germany. Credits: Airbus

Gearing up for Orion propulsion subsystem tests

Engineers are preparing for tests to qualify the propulsion subsystem, including the main engine, for Orion’s European-built service module that will propel the spacecraft during its flight in deep space. They will test engineering units, fully representative...

Orion service module structure. Credits: Airbus
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Service module structure moved to clean room

The European Service Module that will power NASA’s Orion spacecraft to the Moon and beyond is taking shape in the assembly hall at Airbus Defence and Space,  Bremen, Germany. The spacecraft module will provide propulsion, electricity, water,...

NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio with Orion-ESM team

NASA astronaut and Orion representative of NASA’s astronauts office Rick Mastracchio joined the teams doing Orion’s European Service Module critical design review at Airbus DS in Bremen, Germany. He supports the teams bringing in his vast experience of...

Today the first flight module of the Orion European Service Module has been delivered by Thales Alenia Space to the Airbus DS site Bremen. The Service Module will for now rest in Building 43 where first integration steps will take place. Later on it will be transported to the cleanroom in building 41, for integration and test in the clean environment.

First flight module arrives in Bremen

The first flight module of the Orion European Service Module was delivered by Thales Alenia Space to the Airbus DS site in Bremen, Germany on 25 April 2016. The Service Module will for now rest in Building...