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....

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...

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...