The central core of ESA's new generation Ariane 6 launch vehicle arrived at Europe's Spaceport on 18 January and is now inside the launch vehicle assembly building.
Ariane 6's central core comprises a lower stage and upper stage. The lower stage is from ArianeGroup's Les Mureaux site in France; the upper stage is from ArianeGroup's Bremen factory in Germany.
Upon arrival by boat at Pariacabo harbour, two containers were transported by road to the new Ariane 6 launch vehicle assembly building - part of the Ariane 6 launch complex at Europe's Spaceport. Here, the rocket stages were unpacked and installed on the assembly line machinery for horizontal integration, to form the Ariane 6 central core. After this, they will be used in 'combined' tests which will verify all the interfaces and functions between the Ariane 6 launch vehicle and ground facilities at the spaceport.
From arrival to hot-firing tests on the launch pad, operational procedures will follow as closely as possible those for any Ariane 6 launch campaign.
Ariane 6 at ESA
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Arianespace to launch Microcarb on Vega C
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Evry, France (SPX) Jan 19, 2022
Arianespace has been awarded a launch contract by ESA, on behalf of the European Commission, to launch Microcarb in 2023 on Vega C. Microcarb is a 190kg satellite developed by CNES that will be delivered into a sun-synchronous orbit, 650km above the Earth.
"We are very proud of this new launch contract, which underlines the capacity of Arianespace to design the most competitive launch solutions, here with Vega C, to address the needs of European institutions", Stephane Israel, CEO of Arianespace, ... read more