UK steps up, as ESA commit to ATV Service Module on NASA’s Orion

November 21st, 2012 by Chris Bergin

The European Space Agency (ESA) have announced they will inform NASA they are ready to build an ATV derived Service Module for Orion, to be ready for the first launch of the Space Launch System (SLS) in 2017. The announcement came after the UK stepped up with additional funding, marking the country’s first real human BEO commitment.

ESA and Orion:

Wednesday’s announcement didn’t come as a major surprise, with the notion of ESA involvement – via the use of Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) hardware on Orion – known within NASA for over a year. However, the confirmation is nothing short of historic.

Ever since Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) Mission Directorate Associate Administrator Bill Gersteinmaier told the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) that the ATV could transfer from ISS resupply ops into the Orion role, NASA teams have been looking into the marriage of the ESA vehicle and Orion’s exploration plans.

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