6 October 2021 - The second Airbus-built European Service Module (ESM) for NASAs Orion spacecraft is ready for delivery from the Airbus site in Bremen, Germany.
An Antonov cargo aircraft will fly the ESM-2 to NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA. The European Space Agency (ESA) has selected Airbus as the prime contractor for the development and manufacture of six ESMs with the first ESM soon to fly on NASAs Artemis I mission.
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The ESM is a key element of Orion, the next-generation spacecraft that will transport astronauts beyond low Earth orbit for the first time since the end of the Apollo programme in the 1970s. The module provides propulsion, power and thermal control and will supply astronauts with water and oxygen on future missions. The ESM is installed underneath the crew module and together they form the Orion spacecraft.