Airbus Defence and Space is the prime contractor for the ESM, a key element of NASA's next generation Orion spacecraft. Mid-January 2017, Airbus is proud to announce that Orion ESM Propulsion Qualification Model (PQM) has been delivered to NASA.
2018 is the launch year for NASA's first Orion mission – which will be uncrewed and powered by the European Service Module built by Airbus Defence and Space for ESA. The service module fulfils the role of a power plant. It drives the capsule and provides fuel and energy. It is also equipped with oxygen tanks to supply the crew. More information: http://orionesm.airbusdefenceandspace.com
This year we will be present from 1st to 4th June at the ILA Berlin Air Show, held in Germany – where we have a significant industrial footprint and strong heritage. Come visit us at our booth in hall 2 and see our products in the BDLI space pavilion as well as on flight- and static display. More info: http://bit.ly/2053SNn
Orion is NASA’s next spacecraft to send humans into space. The European Service Module (ESM) is Europe’s contribution to the Orion spacecraft. It provides propulsion, power, water, oxygen and nitrogen as well as keeping the spacecraft at the right temperature and on course.