bbc.com – After Orion comes off the top of its rocket it is dependent on its service module Continue reading the main story Related Stories Nasa picks astronaut ship designs Tough test for US Orion spaceship Meeting to define Europe in space The European Space Agency and Airbus have signed a contract that will see the aerospace giant build the “back end” of America’s new manned spaceship. The US intends to use its Orion capsule to send astronauts to an asteroid and eventually to Mars.

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