The European Space Agency (ESA) and its industrial partners need more time to reduce the weight of the service module they are developing to fly on NASA’s Orion multipurpose crew exploration vehicle in 2017, a delay that will see the project’s preliminary design review (PDR) slip nearly one year, to May 2014. Based on Europe’s Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), the service module development is led by Astrium Space Transportation, the prime contractor on the ATV. Astrium has been working ...


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