European push to the Moon
The European Space Agency is playing a vital role in humankind’s return to the Moon. In a few months NASA will launch Artemis I from the Kennedy Space Center. The uncrewed mission will carry NASA’s Orion spacecraft incorporating ESA’s European Service Module (ESM-1), built and tested by Airbus Bremen, in Germany, with the help of 10 European nations. ESM-1’s main engine and 32 thrusters will propel Orion into orbit around the Moon and return it to Earth.
As Artemis I prepares for launch, the second European Service Module (ESM-2) is about to ship to the US with ESM-3 also currently under construction. The second Artemis mission, however, has a crucial difference: it will carry four astronauts for a lunar flyby. ESM-2 will provide propulsion, power, oxygen, water and life support as well as controlling the temperature in the orbiting crew module. ESM-3 will go one step further and put the first person on the Moon for 50 years.
This film features soundbites from: Matthias Gronwoski, Chief Engineer Orion ESM, Airbus; Rachid Amerkrane, Project Manager Orion ESM, Airbus; Philippe Deloo, ESM Programme Manager, ESA.
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What I like about the European Service Module is that it gives ESA experience on building human-rated spacecrafts.
Esa is the only space agency that educate people with good video clips.
USA robs France of a 50 billion euros contract, but we keep working for them? As much as I want the Artemis program to succeed, we should take radical measures to make them understand we are not their vassals.
James webb space telescope when it will be launched? I'm asking you because it is your joint project with NASA.
You are amazing, with each video, I learn new things that can either be useful to me or improve my knowledge. 🙏 I am proud of your agency, which perfectly represents Europe and its convictions. 🚀✨ Much love from France, ESA ! 💙
Great information !
Has anyone worked out the space junk problem yet?
Cool to see international cooperation continue
How does rocket propulsion work without atmosphere in the vacuum of space?
I thought spaceX won the contract to land the next Americans on the moon?
ESA will make going back to them more better visuals wise! Meaning ESA makes it beautiful and for that we appreciate it.
It's hard to 'push' with fickle public funds. SpaceX can develop quickly because Starlink profits depend on a 'space-trucking' division. For similar rocketry growth in Europe, we must find a commercial way to fund it.
This was done more than 50 years ago.
Canada has gotten two seats on Artemis and Gateway missions in exchange of a single robotic arm to Gateway. ESA hasn't gotten a single seat in exchange of its vastly greater contribution, and should not play the role of the gullible fool, which wastes its own funds to a US project – which can be cancelled at any time by new US adminstration or congress – without getting anything in exchange.