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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  1. 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.

  2. 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 ! 💙

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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