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Space History

Explore Airbus Space history from the 1960s to today.

Taking human spaceflight to new heights

Airbus history of human spaceflight, beginning with the Spacelab reusable laboratory flown on the U.S. Space Shuttle, followed by development of the Columbus module for the International Space Station (ISS) and the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) resupply spacecraft that serviced ISS. All share a common heritage, with Airbus’ expertise now being applied to the European Service Module (ESM) that will equip Orion – the next U.S. NASA spacecraft that will send humans into space.


Bartolomeo enables the hosting of external payloads in low-Earth orbit.

Orion ESM


Orion Delivery

News (43)

Photobioreactor: oxygen and a source of nutrition for astronauts

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Astronaut assistant CIMON* wins prestigious German Innovation Prize

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Tanks for Orion flight model no. 2 delivered

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UNOOSA and Airbus issue Call for Interest for utilizing Airbus Bartolomeo platform


Technology demonstrator CIMON* receives ‘Best of What’s New Award’ from US science magazine Popular Science

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Assisting astronauts with Airbus innovation

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