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 in Turin, Italy have packed up the “chassis” that will support the equipment and provide structural rigidity for the Orion spacecraft. This is the real thing, its trip from Turin to Bremen is the start of a voyage that will send up to four astronauts around the Moon and further than any human being has travelled before.
This flight model, designated European Service Module-2 will arrive in Bremen by the end of the week. From there the tanks, cables, computers, fuel lines, engines and radiators will be installed before it is shipped to the USA.
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