Seven years after signing a contract to supply the service module for NASA’s Orion spacecraft, the European Space Agency (ESA) says the first one is almost ready to ship to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.  That may seem like a long time, notes Nico Dettmann, head of ESA’s Exploration Development Group, but it is a significantly shorter span than the 12 years it took to manufacture the first Automated Transfer Vehicle, an International Space Station (ISS) cargo ...

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