The second European Service Module that can energy the Orion spacecraft on a crewed flyby of the Moon is fitted with a particular engine at Airbus services in Germany.
This engine belonged to Area Shuttle Atlantis, and is one in all 5 refurbished engines to be paired with the primary 5 European Service Modules. Technicians rigorously set up the engine in Airbus’ cleanroom.
ESM is the powerhouse of NASA’s Orion spacecraft. It’ll present essential features such because the propulsion system to get astronauts to the Moon, and the consumables astronauts want to remain alive.
ESM-2 will gasoline the crewed Orion spacecraft throughout a flyby of the Moon for Artemis 2 and is at the moment present process integration and different testing in Europe earlier than it’s delivered to NASA this summer season.
In the meantime in america, the primary European Service Module is making its solution to the launch pad as a part of the Orion spacecraft for the Artemis 1 mission check flight later this yr. Subsequent cease is fuelling, resulting from happen subsequent week.
ESM is ESA’s contribution to NASA’s Artemis programme and consists of involvement from 10 European nations.
ESA recently signed a contract with Airbus for the development of three extra European Service Modules (ESM) for Orion. These modules shall be used for the Artemis IV to VI missions. The primary two Modules within the contract are a part of Europe’s contribution to the worldwide lunar Gateway – a brand new area station across the Moon.