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NASA astronaut candidate Kayla Barron and NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik looking at the European Service Module and Crew Module Adapter at Kennedy Space Center, 12 February. Credits:NASA–Kim Shiflett

S-band radio, solar array drive and Sun sensor testing

Testing of the European Service Module and Crew Module Adapter for NASA’s Orion spacecraft continues at a high pace at the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA. Last week...

European Service Module at the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout building. Credits: NASA–R. Sinyak

Powered for Valentine’s

This Valentine’s Day marks a new beginning for the latest space exploration power couple. The European Service Module (ESM) and the Orion Crew Module Adapter (CMA) will be switched on  together for the very first time, allowing...

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A new round of propulsion tests for Orion

Earlier this month the same type of engine that will power Orion’s first mission around the Moon was fired up again and put to further tests at NASA’s White Sands facility in New Mexico, USA with the...

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...

Anotonov A124. Credits: ESA–A. Conigli

How to ship a spacecraft module across the Atlantic

The European Service Module for NASA’s Orion spacecraft that will voyage around the Moon is complete and on its way from the Airbus integration hall in Bremen, Germany, to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA. The...

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...

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...

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...

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.