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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. 

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...

ESA's European Structural Test Article testing in NASA's accoustic test facility in Plum Brook, USA. The first European hardware to arrive at NASA for Orion is the European Service Module structural test article. This test version of the service module has the same weight and configuration as the real thing and will undergo advanced testing at NASA’s Plum Brook Station in Ohio, USA.

Accoustic testing for structual test article

ESA’s European Structural Test Article has started testing at NASA’s accoustic test facility in Plum Brook, USA, to ensure it can withstand the loud noise and vibrations that all spacecraft endure during their launch into space. The first...

PQM Integration Readiness Review 1 (IRR1) at OHB Sweden, held on 22nd of March.

Orion update March-April

In February we reported on Orion spacecraft’s propulsion test qualification model main elements arriving in Sweden for assembling – time for an update. Although the Propulsion Qualification Module (PQM) will not go to space the model serves...

Solar array deployment test. Credits: Airbus
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Testing solar array

On 29 February a test model of Orion’s solar array was unfolded at NASA’s Plum Brook Station test facility in Sandusky, Ohio to check everything works as expected. The solar panels were made by Airbus Defence and...

Propulsion Module arrives in Stockholm

Another important part of the service module for the Orion spacecraft is getting ready for testing. The Propulsion Qualification Module will ensure that Orion’s thrusters and fuel system work, used to orient the spacecraft and send it...

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Interview: shaking and pounding Orion

ESA’s Anthony Thirkettle is a principal mechanical engineer working on Orion’s European-built service module, which provides propulsion and power for the spacecraft. He is interviewed by NASA’s “Orion Backstage” at NASA’s Glenn Research Center Plum Brook Station, USA,...

European Service Module test article mating to Orion Crew Module adapter. Credits: ESA/NASA

European Service Module structural test mating

  The first European hardware to arrive at NASA for Orion is the European Service Module structural test article. This test version of the service module has the same weight and configuration as the real thing and...