Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. 24/7 Space News .

Arianespace inaugurates new fueling facility for Soyuz upper stage
by Staff Writers
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Jul 27, 2015

The FCube facility will help optimize the operation of the three launch systems deployed by Arianespace at the Guiana Space Center - Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega. Each of these systems now has its own propellant loading systems at its launch complex.

Arianespace has inaugurated FCube (Fregat Fueling Facility), the new building dedicated to fueling the Fregat upper stage of the Soyuz launch vehicle. Located at the Guiana Space Center, Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, this new facility will give Arianespace greater flexibility in managing its launch manifest, while also increasing launch capacity with Ariane, Soyuz and Vega for the greater benefit of all customers.

The FCube fueling facility, located at the Soyuz launch complex (ELS), is now operational after a design and construction phase lasting more than two years.

Most of the construction was handled by local contractors, in a project deploying up to 60 workers and stretching from March 2013 to April 2015. The project fully met its strict quality, budget and schedule requirements.

The FCube facility will help optimize the operation of the three launch systems deployed by Arianespace at the Guiana Space Center - Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega. Each of these systems now has its own propellant loading systems at its launch complex.

Spanning some 1,152 square meters, this new facility will reduce the length of a Soyuz launch campaign by more than a week, thanks to an innovative design that improves the propellant loading process on the Fregat upper stage.

Furthermore, the S3B fueling hall, which previously performed this task, is now free to be used to load propellants on satellites, thus increasing Arianespace's customer handling capacity at the Guiana Space Center. The commissioning of FCube will optimize and speed up the transition between launch campaigns, while also ensuring higher availability of the three launchers in the Arianespace family.

This investment, approved by Arianespace in 2013, is a key to the launch rate ramp-up at the Guiana Space Center.

Arianespace Chairman and CEO Stephane Israel gave the keynote address at the inauguration ceremony, stating: "FCube is a very timely addition to support the rise in launch rates spurred by the success of our launcher family. For both Arianespace and Guiana Space Center, this facility will enhance competitiveness, flexibility and robustness, while increasing our capacity and business volumes.

We have already reaped the fruits of this investment with the signature of the OneWeb contract: the flexibility of our launch solutions was a key asset in the customer's decision.

I would like to thank the people and companies who contributed to the design and construction of this building, on time, to budget and in line with technical specifications. And of course my thanks go to the ESA launcher directorate and the French Ministry of Finance, within the scope of the LODEOM law that helped us finance this project."

Thanks for being here;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.
SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once

credit card or paypal
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5 Billed Monthly

paypal only


Related Links
Launch Pad at

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Ariane 5 orbits Star One C4 and MSG-4 on Arianespace's sixth flight in 2015
Paris (SPX) Jul 17, 2015
Arianespace's marked the halfway point in its fast-paced 2015 operational schedule today with the 66th consecutive successful Ariane 5 launch, which deployed two satellites into geostationary transfer orbits for very diverse roles. Ariane 5 Flight VA224 lifted off at the beginning of its launch window at 6:42 p.m. local time from the Spaceport's ELA-3 launch complex in French Guiana, carry ... read more

NASA Could Return Humans to the Moon by 2021

Smithsonian embraces crowdfunding to preserve lunar spacesuit

Technique may reveal the age of moon rocks during spaceflight

NASA Sets Sights on Robot-Built Moon Colony

Opportunity heading into Marathon Valley

Curiosity Rover Inspects Unusual Bedrock

Antarctic Offers Insights Into Life on Mars

Earth and Mars Could Share A Life History

Space crew praises US-Russian 'handshake in space' 40 years on

Planetary Resources' First Spacecraft Successfully Deployed

NASA selects leading-edge concepts for continued study

US selects four astronauts for commercial flight

Chinese earth station is for exclusively scientific and civilian purposes

Cooperation in satellite technology put Belgium, China to forefront

China set to bolster space, polar security

China's super "eye" to speed up space rendezvous

Russia Launches New Crew to International Space Station

Russia Extends Life of International Space Station Until 2024

Russian, Japanese, US crew reach ISS despite minor mishap

Rocket carrying Russian, Japanese, US crew docks with ISS

India Earned Over $100Mln Launching Foreign Satellites

EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite arrive in French Guiana

Failed strut caused SpaceX rocket blast: CEO Elon Musk

Ariane 5 lofts two geo birds for teleco and weather customers

The Planetary Sweet Spot

Kepler Mission Discovers Bigger, Older Cousin to Earth

NASA discovers closest Earth-twin yet

New Method Finds Best Candidates for Telescope Time

First realization of invisible absorbers and sensors

'White graphene' structures can take the heat

Bringing back the magic in metamaterials

Battling Satellite Interference

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement All images and articles appearing on Space Media Network have been edited or digitally altered in some way. Any requests to remove copyright material will be acted upon in a timely and appropriate manner. Any attempt to extort money from Space Media Network will be ignored and reported to Australian Law Enforcement Agencies as a potential case of financial fraud involving the use of a telephonic carriage device or postal service.