Orion spacecraft with European Service Module being transported by truck on 26 November 2019, wrapped in a protective transportation cover. For 80 km of its journey, Orion was hoisted onto a truck travelling north to Plum Brook Station from Mansfield airport in Ohio, USA. A ‘space corridor’ was cleared to allow the truck safe passage. Notably over 700 overhead lines were removed that would otherwise block the spacecraft’s way.
A team of engineers and technicians from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean will now put the spacecraft through elements of extremes it will withstand during its uncrewed maiden flight around the Moon. They will work 24 hours a day, seven days a week to complete the intensive test programme on time.