service module


Definition of service module

: a space vehicle module that contains oxygen, water, fuel cells, propellant tanks, and the main rocket engine

Examples of service module in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another software error, caught and fixed just a few hours before the vehicle returned to Earth through the atmosphere, would have caused thrusters on Starliner's service module to fire in the wrong manner. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 4 May 2022 This time, the company said the issue was hardware: 13 valves in the service module got stuck, forcing the company to bring the spacecraft back into its manufacturing facility. Washington Post, 27 Dec. 2021 The company will continue to test the problem service module at NASA’s White Sands Test Facility. Richard Tribou,, 14 Dec. 2021 The service module is ejected by the Starliner capsule near the end of its mission, prior to reentry into Earth's atmosphere. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 14 Dec. 2021 Orion capsules, the report said, cost about about $1 billion to build, plus another $300 million for its service module, provided by the European Space Agency. William Harwood, CBS News, 15 Nov. 2021 Kathy Lueders, who runs one of NASA’s human exploration mission directorates, said this week that the company might even have to swap out the spacecraft’s service module for a new one, which would mark a significant change. Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2021 The service module houses the rocket motors, propellant tanks and pressurization system, all connected in a maze of complex plumbing. William Harwood, CBS News, 3 Aug. 2021 Another issue, solved on the fly, could have caused the service module to collide with the crew capsule upon separation. Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of service module

1961, in the meaning defined above

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13 May 2022

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“Service module.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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