ESA proposes bulk purchase of 6 Orion service modules as part of longer-term commitment with NASA

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The European Space Agency (ESA) is asking its member governments to finance a third European Service Module for NASA’s Orion crew-transport vehicle and then to agree to a batch purchase of six more modules as part of a longer-term commitment with NASA's Gateway, ESA Director-General Jan Woerner said.

ESA estimates that it will need to spend 390 million euros ($432 million) for the third ESM and another 1.01 billion euros for the batch order of six more, with the last to be . . .

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