Orion ESM

Flying to the Moon

Airbus’ European Service Module (ESM) will power NASA’s historic return to the Moon under its Artemis programme.

When NASA’s Orion crewed spacecraft sets course for a historic return to the Moon by 2024, it will rely on unique Airbus technology for a range of essential functions – from the supply of air and water to propulsion, power and thermal control. This technology is brought together in the European Service Module (ESM), built by Airbus for ESA. 

See how Orion was born in these short videos.


Learn all about the design process in this video, featuring commentary from Airbus space engineers.


Airbus’ systems engineering team explain how they ensure the ESM is well-equipped for NASA’s Orion mission to the Moon.

Assembly and Integration

Airbus space engineers explain how the Orion spacecraft’s ESM is assembled, integrated and tested.


Airbus space engineers discuss the propulsion sub-system and how it is produced.

Podcast #DefendingEarth

Podcast Interview with Albert Falke

Asteroid Day (30 June) is held each year on the anniversary of the largest impact in recent history, the 1908 Tunguska event in Siberia. A relatively small asteroid, about 40 meters across – the equivalent of a medium-sized office building – devastated an unpopulated area the size of a major city. A one-off event or a real threat? It’s not a matter of IF Earth will be hit by an asteroid, but when! If this is the case: How can we avoid a disastrous asteroid impact in the future? Albert Falke, Programme Manager for Asteroid Deflection at Airbus Space Systems, gives an overview on methods and needs for Planetary Defence.

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Podcast #UP42 - GeoAl for all

Across nearly all major industries, many are looking toward a future of mass adoption of geospatial technologies. But what technical and commercial barriers do we need to break down to truly democratize access to geospatial data and analytics?

Globally, institutions and companies have gathered more Earth observation (EO) data than can ever be analyzed using traditional image processing methods. With emerging companies racing to launch their own EO systems, we face an unprecedented increase in capacity and volume of data that inspires us to explore the importance of machine learning and cloud computing infrastructure in generating insights at scale. In this interview, Sean Wiid, Chief Product Officer at UP42, explains the role of platforms like UP42 in enabling the mass adoption of geospatial technologies.

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Podcast #Aeolus

Daily weather forecast – brought by Aeolus. Find out how Airbus’ wind-sensing satellite Aeolus supports meteorologists where aircraft can’t in Corona times.

The recent drop in commercial flights has also affected measurements for weather forecasting. But thanks to an Airbus-built satellite launched two years ago for our ESA customer, meteorologists are still able to give reliable forecasts. In this podcast, Philippe Pham, who leads Airbus’ space activities for Earth observation, navigation and science satellites, explains how Aeolus helps them achieve it.

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Podcast #SolarOrbiter

The Airbus-built Solar Orbiter (SolO) is on an epic journey to unlock the Sun’s secrets.

For inside information on this explorer spacecraft’s unprecedented mission, listen to this Airbus podcast – which includes insights from Ian Walters, the Solar Orbiter Project Manager. Podcast topics include SoIO’s testing prior to launch in February 2020 and protecting the deep space probe from temperatures exceeding 500°C when it reaches the Sun’s vicinity.

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Podcast #PleiadesSatellites

Eyes in the sky: Satellite imagery provided by Airbus helps EU institutions analyse the impact of Covid-19 on the economy.

700 km above us, Airbus-built Pléiades satellites are taking high-resolution images of areas affected by Covid-19. This imagery is vital for a project launched by the European Space Agency ESA. It is called RACE – short for Rapid Action on COVID-19 and Earth Observation – and aims at providing information on the state of European society and economy in times of Corona. In this podcast interview Hervé Foch, Head of Imagery, Mapping and Location-Based Services team at Intelligence; explains how his team supports RACE and where Covid-19 impacts industrial activities.

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