NASA To Broadcast Administrator’s Welcome For Orion Powerhouse

Engineers and technicians from ESA (European Space Agency) and ESA contractor Airbus use a crane to uncrate the European Service Module for NASA’s Orion spacecraft at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Nov. 6, 2018. The service module will provide power and propulsion for the Orion spacecraft for Exploration Mission-1, a three-week mission around the Moon. The service module also will house air and water for astronauts on future missions. Image Credit: NASA/Bill White

November 14, 2018 – NASA is hosting an event at its Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 7 a.m. MST (9 a.m. EST) Friday, November 16, to celebrate the arrival of the European Service Module for the agency’s Orion spacecraft. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will preside over the event, which will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

Provided by ESA (European Space Agency) and built by ESA contractor Airbus Space, the service module will provide power, air and water to the Orion spacecraft on missions to extend human existence to the Moon and beyond.

Speaking at the event are:

Janet Petro, deputy director of Kennedy
Bill Hill, deputy associate administrator for Exploration Systems Development
Sue Motil, Orion European Service Module integration manager at NASA’s Glenn Research Center
Mark Kirasich, Orion Program manager at the agency’s Johnson Space Center
Phillippe Deloo, European Service Module program manager at ESA
Jan Wörner, ESA director general

The service module departed Bremen, Germany, Monday, November 5, and arrived at Kennedy the following day. A team at Kennedy will perform final outfitting, integration and testing of the service and crew modules, and other elements of Orion, in preparation for its first mission, an uncrewed test flight.

Orion is the spacecraft that will carry astronauts to deep-space destinations, including the journey to Mars. Lockheed Martin of Littleton, Colorado, is the prime contractor for the Orion spacecraft