Together forever

The first European Service Module and Orion’s crew module adapter will never be apart again. After weeks of intense work, including extended shifts over the weekend, the two spacecraft components are now united for their journey to...

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....

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...

Solar wings at ESTEC. Credits: ESA–M.Cowan

Solar array testing at ESTEC

The solar arrays that will provide electricity to the Orion spacecraft were put through launch-day paces at ESA’s Test Centre in the Netherlands to verify that they can handle the rigours of the trip around the Moon....

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Tanks installed in first European service module

The European service module that will provide power, water, air and electricity to NASA’s Orion Moon module has taken a large step closer to completion with the installation of its fuel tanks and testing of its solar...

The Orion stage adaptor flight hardware ready to travel to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Credits: NASA

Orion stage adaptor complete

The stage adaptor that will connect the Space Launch System to Orion for its first mission is nearing completion. At the top, the Orion stage adaptor connects to Orion’s spacecraft adaptor, which sits directly below the European...

Keeping cool while staying warm

In a series of blog posts based on images taken at Thales Alenia Space building facility in Turin, Italy, we will now have a look at the radiators in Orion’s European Service Module that provides astronauts with...

Acoustic testing

A video on acoustic testing of the European Service Module Structural Test Article at Lockheed Martin’s acoustic lab.  

Credits: NASA–Radislav Sinyak

Working on the water tank

In a series of blog posts based on images taken at Thales Alenia Space building facility in Turin, Italy, we will now have a look at the water tanks in Orion’s second European Service Module – the...

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...