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. AERO Vodochody Launches Parts Delivery for Ariane 5

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Prague Czech (SPX) Oct 25, 2005
AERO Vodochody has launched preparations for delivery of formed sheet metal aluminum components for Ariane 5. The parts will be installed in one of the rocket segments.

The customer is the German MT Aerospace of Augsburg company.

"We produce jet aircraft, turboprop aircraft, and helicopters, but this order would represent the first production of rocket parts in AERO Vodochody. It is the first test order that we should deliver to MT Aerospace by the end of this year. We have already obtained RFP's for further Ariane parts, which could be produced in our company. That indicates that the business partner is counting on us for a long run." said John Talacko, AERO Marketing Manager parts and services.

The total volume of the first order is in the magnitude of hundred thousands of CZK. The order covers 12 items of ten pieces each, including production of tooling. The size of the largest part the cable duct is approximately 75 x 55 cm.

The maiden flight of Ariane 5 took place on December 24th, 1979 (with more than 100 launches since then). The rocket comprises of two main parts. The fundamental part is the first stage EPC H-155 (30 m length, 5,4 m diameter, 1 MN thrust, 170 tons weight) containing liquid oxygen and hydrogen as a fuel for the open cycle engine of classical arrangement.

Two boosters EAP (31 m length, 3 m diameter, over 1 MN thrust, 269 tons weight) with three segment engines are attached on opposite sides of EPC H-155. The take-off weight of the complete rocket is reaching 720 tons, the total length is approximately 33 m. The maximum payload is 18 000 kg for low orbit and 6 800 kg for a stationary orbit level.

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