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Offline Tywin

Any news if the Uarx space tug going in this flight?
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Bikini Demo is back on Ariane 6

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Following ESA’s announcement that the maiden flight of Ariane 6 would not occur until 2024, The Exploration Company announced in September 2023 that it had shifted its 40-kilogram Mission Bikini demonstrator to an ISRO PSLV rideshare flight. When the announcement was made, the rideshare mission was expected to be launched in January 2024.
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By March 2024, the company, through its CEO Hélène Huby, during a Bloomberg interview, revealed that the Bikini demonstrator mission was slated for a mid-June launch. At the time, it was assumed that this meant that the PSLV flight would be occurring in June. However, it’s now clear that this was the first confirmation that the mission was returning to the Ariane 6 payload manifest.

On 14 March 2024, ESA published an updated list of the payloads that would be flown aboard the maiden Ariane 6 flight. The Bikini demonstrator was one of two reentry capsules listed, the other being the ArianeGroup SpaceCase SC-X01. Soon after the announcement, European Spaceflight requested a comment from The Exploration Company confirming whether or not the mission had shifted back to Ariane 6. On 29 March, the company finally responded, stating, “Mission Bikini is currently being re-baslined on Ariane 6 because we want to launch it on the first available launcher.”
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Source: https://europeanspaceflight.com/ariane-6-is-getting-its-bikini-back [Apr 1]

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https://twitter.com/andrewparsonson/status/1777969823684657471

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ESA Director General @AschbacherJosef  appears to be tempering expectations for the maiden flight of Ariane 6.

https://europeanspaceflight.com/esa-chief-tempers-expectations-for-maiden-ariane-6-flight/

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ESA Chief Tempers Expectations for Maiden Ariane 6 Flight
By Andrew Parsonson - April 10, 2024

European Space Agency Director General Josef Aschbacher appeared to be tempering expectations for the maiden flight of Ariane 6 during a panel at the 39th Space Symposium. Aschbacher explained that the maiden flights of heavy-lift rockets have a 47% chance of experiencing a major anomaly.

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Ariane 6 standing tall

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On 24 April 2024 the central core for Europe’s new rocket Ariane 6 that will fly to space for the first time was moved upright on the launch pad.

Image credit: ESA-M. Pédoussaut

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Ariane 6 media kit

Download this media kit to learn more about Europe’s new Ariane 6 rocket and its first mission – inaugurating a new era of autonomous European space transportation, powering Europe into space to realise its ambitions on the world stage.

https://esamultimedia.esa.int/docs/STS/ariane-6_media-kit_english.pdf
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Ariane 6 central core in launch position
24/04/2024

On 24 April 2024 the central core for Europe’s new rocket Ariane 6 that will fly to space for the first time was moved upright on the launch pad.

Four automated vehicles transported the Ariane 6 central core, that consists of the main and upper stage, from the launcher assembly building to the launch pad that is about 800 meters away.

Once at the launch pad, choreographed movements by two of the automated vehicles and a crane equipped with a lifting beam, raised the central core to its vertical launch position and placed it on the launch table. It was then rotated so that the stages’ fluid connections were positioned opposite the launch pad umbilicals that will supply the liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen fuel for launch.

The mobile building surrounding Ariane 6 is a 90-metre-high metallic structure that rolls away on rails once assembly is complete to allow Ariane 6 a clear view of the sky and space. The building has platforms for technicians to further assemble Ariane 6 while also protecting the rocket until it is ready for launch.

Ariane 6 is Europe’s newest heavy-lift rocket, designed to provide great power and flexibility at a lower cost than its predecessors. The launcher’s configuration – with an upgraded main stage, a choice of either two or four powerful boosters and a new restartable upper stage – will provide Europe with greater efficiency and possibility as it can launch multiple missions into different orbits on a single flight, while its upper stage will deorbit itself at the end of mission.
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https://twitter.com/ESA_transport/status/1783504416374489415

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The first of two boosters that will power the Ariane 6 ‘flight model-1’ into space this summer has arrived at the launch zone at
@EuropeSpacePort.

⛽️142 tonnes of solid rocket fuel
📏13.5 metres tall
🔥4500 kN of thrust
⌛️For up to 130 seconds

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First Ariane 6 booster gets lift to launch zone

The first of two boosters that will power the Ariane 6 ‘flight model-1’ into orbit this summer was transported on 25 April 2024 from the booster storage facility in Kourou, French Guiana, to the launch zone. Tomorrow, the second booster will be transported from the booster integration building to join it, and soon after operations will begin to connect both the boosters to the rocket’s central core.

Each P120C booster is filled with 142 tonnes of solid rocket fuel, measures 13.5 metres long and is 3.4 metres wide. Without these, Ariane 6 would not leave the ground. Together, the two boosters will provide the majority of the thrust needed to get Europe’s new rocket into space, firing into action for up to 130 seconds, each providing 4500 kN of thrust and getting Europe’s new rocket out to an altitude of about 70 km.

The P120C boosters will fire up seven seconds after the Vulcain 2.1 main stage engine roars into action, getting Ariane 6 off the ground and then, when depleted of fuel, being ejected from the rocket to leave the main stage engine in charge.

The yellow transporter that carries each booster to the launch site is a remarkable vehicle in itself. With 36 aircraft wheels beneath it – two rows of nine wheels on either side – it can carry a mass of up to 250 tonnes (more than a jumbo jet). Because of this symmetry, it can be driven from both sides and can even make crablike movements as it swivels from side to side.

Ariane 6 is Europe’s newest rocket. A ‘heavy-lift launch vehicle’, it will be able to carry passengers, large and small, into orbit and across the Solar System. Its launch this summer will ensure Europe’s continued independent access to space.

Ariane 6 will be launched from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. It has been designed for all possible futures – at its core is maximum versatility, able to put any satellite or payload into any orbital path. This first flight will see the Ariane 62 configuration launched into orbit. For more massive payloads, the Ariane 64 model can be chosen, with four boosters and double the extra thrust.

Credits: ESA/CNES/Arianespace/Arianegroup/Optique Vidéo du CSG - S.Martin
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Start of the first Ariane 6 launch campaign

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The central core and boosters of the first Ariane 6 are now on the launch pad at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

Credits: ESA/ArianeGroup/Arianespace/CNES & ESA-M. Pédoussaut

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High resolution images and a lot of information are also available there:
http://www.capcomespace.net/dossiers/espace_europeen/ariane/ariane6/developpement_2024.htm
(in French)
The preparation of the P120C booster seems relatively complex to me.

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Regarding the "A6 DR_SR solid-fuel motor used aboard the P120C booster", is it also present when the P120C is used for the Vega-C? Might seems unnecessary extra weight if it is.
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Regarding the "A6 DR_SR solid-fuel motor used aboard the P120C booster", is it also present when the P120C is used for the Vega-C? Might seems unnecessary extra weight if it is.

I do not think so.
They are located (2 of them?) in the lower part of the tip, which is mounted on the P120C.
(see image from http://www.capcomespace.net)
On Vega-C the Interstage 1/2 is there instead, with small retrorockets.
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=50323.msg2364944#msg2364944

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Ariane 6 infographic: first passengers

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An overview of the passengers on the first flight of Ariane 6.

Image credit: ESA

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https://www.esa.int/Enabling_Support/Space_Transportation/Ariane/Ariane_6_joint_update_report_21_May_2024

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Ariane 6 joint update report, 21 May 2024

21/05/2024

ESA / Enabling & Support / Space Transportation / Ariane

The Ariane 6 Launcher Task Force consists of top management of ESA, as the overall Ariane 6 procuring entity and launch system architect, of the French space agency CNES as the launch base prime contractor, of ArianeGroup as the launcher system prime contractor and of Arianespace as the launch service provider. This group reports regularly on progress being made towards inaugural flight of the new Ariane 6 launcher.

Teams are narrowing down the launch period and the first attempt for launch will happen within the first two weeks of July 2024.We are on track and in line with the launch period that was communicated in November.

The tentative date for the first launch attempt will be given at ILA airshow in Berlin, Germany, held from 5 June to 9 June, where all the task force members will be present.

Key milestones towards inaugural flight:

On the way towards the first flight of Ariane 6, these milestones have been conducted since the last joint update:

April 29: Ariane 6 launch system qualification review, Les Mureaux, France

The conclusion of a final all-encompassing review of the Ariane 6 launch system (including launcher and ground segment) was delivered after four-weeks intensive work.

May 16: Payloads arrived in Kourou, French Guiana

The passengers for the first Ariane 6 arrived in Kourou and are being readied for integration.

Next milestones:

Mid-June: Ariane 6 launch system qualification review close-out

The closing of all aspects of the qualification for the Ariane 6 launch system will be approved mid June. This is the final step of the launch system qualification.

June: Upper composite transfer, and integration on the launcher, Kourou, French Guiana

The upper composite, consisting of the launcher adapter, the payloads and the fairing for Ariane 6 flight model-1 will be moved from the encapsulation hall to the launch pad.

June 18: Ariane 6 flight model-1 wet dress rehearsal, Kourou, French Guiana

The Ariane 6 will be fuelled on the launchpad and subsequently drained of fuel in preparation for launch.

Ariane 6 is an all-new design, created to succeed Ariane 5 as Europe's heavy-lift launch system. With Ariane 6's upper stage restart capability, Europe's launch capability will be tailored to the needs of multiple payload missions, for example to orbit satellite constellations. This autonomous capability to reach Earth orbit and deep space supports Europe's navigation, Earth observation, scientific and security programmes. Ongoing development of Europe's space transportation capabilities is made possible by the sustained dedication of thousands of talented people working in ESA's 22 Member States.

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