In a joint collaboration, the French aerospace venture Airbus and European Space Research Agency have come up to build NASA’s manned capsule the Orion Space craft. ESA has successfully launched many Automated Transfer Vehicle launch craft, for shipping supplies. So as per the deal it would make the propulsion units and the cargo for Orion, where Airbus would be used as a contractor.
As per the news available with BBC, Kirk Shrimen, deputy director, NASA’s Johnson Space Centre in Houston said the service model is the significant unit for the Orion vehicle. Both the service and crew module would make the Orion Vehicle. Airbus is a pioneer in its field just like the ESA is in its technological advancement. To cut the time short and in fact use it for other essential things, NASA has made a great plan.
Bart Reijnen, head of orbital systems and space exploration, Airbus Defence and Space said that Europe has been invited to do the service module, because they have already done the ATV. Without the ATV it would have taken long to build a technologically advance vehicle for the mission with higher expenses. Advanced technology ATV saves the cost of building a modern device as well as shortens the making time to a great extent.
Airbus and ESA have a deadline prior to 2017 for completing the Orion space craft at a price of $500 Million. Lockheed Martin is building the Orion Vehicle. After its successful test flight, which is to be unmanned, NASA has plans to take astronauts on board for an around the moon orbit.
Parts would be sourced from across the Europe and the module would be manufactured in Germany, with the top notch quality of the company. Whereas, spending the money would help the ESA to access the International Space Station during 2018 to 2020.