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November 30th, 2015

NASA Television will broadcast an event marking the arrival of a full-size test version of the service module provided by the European Space Agency (ESA) for NASA’s Orion spacecraft at 12:30 p.m. EST on Monday, Nov. 30 at the agency’s Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio.

Event participants will be:

  • Jim Free, director of NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland
  • Greg Williams, deputy associate administrator for Human Exploration and Operations at NASA Headquarters in Washington
  • Mark Kirasich, manager for the Orion Program at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston
  • Mike Hawes, vice president and Orion Program manager at Lockheed Martin
  • Nico Dettmann, development department head at ESA
  • Oliver Juckenhoefel, vice president and head of the European Service Module program at Airbus Defence and Space

A brief question-and-answer session will take place during the event with media on site and by phone. The public also can ask questions during the briefing on social media using #AskNASA.

ESA and Airbus provided the structural representation of the service module so that NASA may conduct rigorous tests to ensure the module can withstand the trip to space. The multi-month test campaign will take place at Plum Brook’s Space Power Facility. Plum Brook is home to some of the largest testing structures in the world, including one of the world’s largest vacuum chamber, the world’s most powerful spacecraft acoustic test chamber, and the world’s highest capacity and most powerful spacecraft vibration table.

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