The complete Orion stack will now be handed to NASA’s launch processing teams for a launch next year.
Didier Radola, Airbus head of the Orion’s European Service Module programme added, “this is a great achievement for the programme today, and I would like to underline the excellent ESA and Airbus teamwork that has led to this point.
“This is one step beyond to the Moon as well as a promise of more to come for the European Service Module in 2021!”
Orion is a foundational element of the Artemis program, beginning with Artemis I, the first integrated flight test of Orion and SLS next year. Artemis II will follow as the first human mission, taking astronauts farther into space than ever before.