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NASA Receives Airbus Subsidiary-Built Orion Structural Test Model

NASA Receives Airbus Subsidiary-Built Orion Structural Test Model - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Orion-launchNASA has received an Orion spacecraft module test model built by an Airbus Group subsidiary for evaluation at the agency’s Plum Brook Station in Ohio.

Airbus Defence and Space developed the hardware on behalf of the European Space Agency and to support a future U.S.-led manned deep space exploration mission, Airbus said Monday.

NASA and ESA signed an agreement in December 2012 to validate Orion’s European service module that will comprise the propulsion, life support and power generation elements of the Lockheed Martin-built spacecraft.

The ESM structure underwent static tests at Thales Alenia Space‘s facility in Turin, Italy.

Airbus Defence and Space based its Orion ESM design on an automated transfer vehicle that the company has developed to serve as an International Space Station supply craft.

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Written by Mary-Louise Hoffman

is a writer of news summaries about executive-level business activity in the government contracting sector. Her reports for ExecutiveBiz are focused on trends and events that drive the GovCon industry to include commercial technologies that private companies are developing for federal government use. She contributes news content to ExecutiveBiz’s sister sites GovCon Wire and ExecutiveGov.

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