Airbus to Build Service Module for NASA’s Orion Spacecraft

November 28, 2014 10:00 PM

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Airbus to Build Service Module for NASA’s Orion Spacecraft

On Nov. 17, Airbus Defence and Space signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA ) for the development and construction of the service module for NASA’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV ). The contract was signed in Berlin, Germany and is worth about 390 million euros.

Orion, under development by NASA, is the space capsule designed to carry astronauts beyond low-Earth orbit aboard NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS). The vehicle is comprised of the service module, the crew module and the launch abort system, with an aim to carry humans to the Moon, to asteroids, and ...

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