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Friday, January 18, 2013

An artist's concept of the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module attached to the International Space Station.
NASA

ISS And Orion Updates... On the 10-year anniversary of STS-107's launch, NASA announced two major human spaceflight developments when it officially confirmed that Bigelow Aerospace will provide an inflatable module (launched via SpaceX's Dragon vehicle) for the International Space Station in 2015, and the European Space Agency (ESA) will build the Orion's Service Module (SM) for the Space Launch System's (SLS) inaugural flight in 2017. Whether ESA will build SMs for the remainder of the Orion program has not been disclosed.

An artist's concept of the Orion spacecraft and its European-built Service Module, in Earth orbit.
NASA

An artist's concept of the Orion spacecraft and its European-built Service Module, in Earth orbit.
NASA

An artist's concept of the Orion spacecraft and its European-built Service Module, in lunar orbit.
NASA

An artist's concept of the Orion spacecraft and its European-built Service Module, in lunar orbit.
NASA

Check out these two interesting videos showing the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module being attached to the ISS, and the SLS launching on Exploration Mission-1...the 2017 test flight where Orion and its SM will make their maiden trip to the Moon.



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