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Forbes Ireland’s First Satellite Will Capture High Energy Cosmic Bursts, August 16, by Bruce Dorminey
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Ireland’s first-ever satellite EIRSAT-1, a gamma-ray burst hunting CubeSat, should see launch into low-Earth orbit later this year. Designed and manufactured by Ireland’s University College Dublin (UCD), the mission (with costs on the order of a few million euro)* will see launch atop a multi-payload Ariane rocket provided by the European Space Agency (ESA).

This is a payload intially manifested on the long delayed Vega-C rideshare and moved to an Ariane 6 mission. Maybe the same will happen to some of the other orphaned payloads from that rideshare mission.

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Pending Sept-Oct testing, 1st Ariane 6 flight could occur mid-2024, with commercial missions starting end-2024. @esa @CNES @ArianeGroup @Arianespace @DLR_SpaceAgency @defis_eu.
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https://www.latribune.fr/entreprises-finance/industrie/aeronautique-defense/ariane-6-vers-un-premier-vol-en-avril-mai-2024-977533.html
[Oct 11]

-ESA is aiming for a April-May launch windows of the first Ariane 6
-Anomaly that delayed Long test fire is caused by an impermeability issues in the hydraulic systems of the Vulcan's TVC, Arianegroup expects a quick fix that should not affect the first launch's schedule
-WDR in deteriorated conditions planned for October 24-25
-Long test fire is planned for Late november, pending repairs of the Vulcain's nozzle.
-First launch A6's fairing arriving in Kourou on November 3, its core stage and upper stage on December 10
-Planned launch rate: 2 A6 in 2024, 6 in 2025, 8 in 2026, 10 in 2027; First 4 will be Ariane 62
-2 of the 18 kuiper launches seem to have been shifted to Ariane 62 (instead of the previous 16 A64+ plus 2 A64)
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Cross-post:
https://www.latribune.fr/entreprises-finance/industrie/aeronautique-defense/ariane-6-vers-un-premier-vol-en-avril-mai-2024-977533.html
[Oct 11]

-ESA is aiming for a April-May launch windows of the first Ariane 6
-Anomaly that delayed Long test fire is caused by an impermeability issues in the hydraulic systems of the Vulcan's TVC, Arianegroup expects a quick fix that should not affect the first launch's schedule
-WDR in deteriorated conditions planned for October 24-25
-Long test fire is planned for Late november, pending repairs of the Vulcain's nozzle.
-First launch A6's fairing arriving in Kourou on November 3, its core stage and upper stage on December 10
-Planned launch rate: 2 A6 in 2024, 6 in 2025, 8 in 2026, 10 in 2027; First 4 will be Ariane 62
-2 of the 18 kuiper launches seem to have been shifted to Ariane 62 (instead of the previous 16 A64+ plus 2 A64)

Vulcain ;)

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https://www.linkedin.com/posts/beyondgravity_mission-accomplished-today-the-payload-activity-7116042845026672640-Tc-j

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Mission accomplished! Today, the payload fairing for Ariane 6 has left our building. First, they went by truck from Emmen to Basel. At the port, the half shells were loaded by crane from the truck onto the ship - a spectacular experience!
Many thanks to our partner Ultra - Brag AG for the successful transfer of the parts. Now the journey goes from Basel to Rotterdam and then on to Kourou! 🚀 🚢

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https://twitter.com/ArianeGroup/status/1720448475819602260

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🌴🛥 Bon voyage indeed! And Welcome in Kourou Canopée! 🌴

The new Ariane 6 transport ship has reached Pariacabo harbor in French Guiana today. 🇬🇫

https://www.ariane.group/en/news/canopee-cargo-ship-docks-in-french-guiana-after-its-first-transatlantic-crossing-with-sails/

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Canopée, the new Ariane 6 transport ship, reached Pariacabo harbor in French Guiana on November 3, 2023. During this first transatlantic crossing with sails, Canopée carried on board elements of the upper part of the launcher Ariane 6, including the fairing, as well as components of the boosters. These parts, destined for the inaugural flight, were unloaded and then delivered to Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou.

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Forbes Ireland’s First Satellite Will Capture High Energy Cosmic Bursts, August 16, by Bruce Dorminey
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Ireland’s first-ever satellite EIRSAT-1, a gamma-ray burst hunting CubeSat, should see launch into low-Earth orbit later this year. Designed and manufactured by Ireland’s University College Dublin (UCD), the mission (with costs on the order of a few million euro)* will see launch atop a multi-payload Ariane rocket provided by the European Space Agency (ESA).

This is a payload intially manifested on the long delayed Vega-C rideshare and moved to an Ariane 6 mission. Maybe the same will happen to some of the other orphaned payloads from that rideshare mission.

https://www.esa.int/Education/CubeSats_-_Fly_Your_Satellite/Ireland_s_first_satellite_on_its_way_to_launch

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Ireland’s first satellite on its way to launch

After years of development with the support of the ESA Education programme, the Educational Irish Research Satellite 1 (EIRSAT-1) is set to launch in November, marking Ireland’s first steps into space.   

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The satellite has left Ireland and is on its way to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, USA. Launch is currently slated for launch on 29 November on a Space X Falcon 9 rocket.   
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Arianespace class the Ariane 6 test as a success!

Lots of references to "Firing for more than seven minutes." So it's now likely it was a misrepresentation from Arianespace/ESA ahead of the test that claimed it would be for eight minutes (twitter.com/esa/status/172… for example), as there is no reference to an abort or a shorter-than-planned duration in the post-test press release.

"Once ignited, the Vulcain 2.1 engine ran for more than 7 minutes of stabilized operation."

"The test ended with the ignition of the core stage Vulcain 2.1 engine, followed by more than 7 minutes of stabilized operation covering the entire core stage flight phase."
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https://www.esa.int/Enabling_Support/Space_Transportation/Ariane/Ariane_6_joint_update_report_30_November_2023
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Ariane 6 joint update report, 30 November 2023

30/11/2023
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.

Key milestones towards inaugural flight:
<snip>

Next milestones:
<snip>

First flight period

ESA, CNES and ArianeGroup are targeting the first launch of Ariane 6 between mid June and end of July 2024.
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SN ESA sets mid-2024 date for first Ariane 6 launch
November 30, 2023, by Jeff Foust

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At a Nov. 30 briefing, ESA Director General Josef Aschbacher announced a launch period for the inaugural Ariane 6 flight of June 15 through July 31. A more precise launch date will be provided after qualification reviews in the spring of 2024.

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If the first launch is successful, ESA and Arianespace will work towards a second launch before the end of 2024. “The target is to have a second flight by the end of the year,” said Stéphane Israël, chief executive of Arianespace. “This is a key target for us.” That second launch, he later said, would carry the CSO-3 reconnaissance satellite for the French military.

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so i look all list launch will be delay

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so i look all list launch will be delay

The lost time before the short static fire test from July to the beginning of September
and the delay of the long static fire by a further 7 weeks, mean that the CTM has to stay on the ramp longer.
FM 1 (VA262) will be delivered later than planned and will also be on the ramp later.
This last small 2 month delay could potentially mean that VA263 cannot take place in 2024.
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so i look all list launch will be delay

The lost time before the short static fire test from July to the beginning of September
and the delay of the long static fire by a further 7 weeks, mean that the CTM has to stay on the ramp longer.
FM 1 (VA262) will be delivered later than planned and will also be on the ramp later.
This last small 2 month delay could potentially mean that VA263 cannot take place in 2024.

AFAIK VA263 is still planned for 2024
I’m not optimistic, I’ve read it was planned for November, when 262 was still planned for Late April-May

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Thread title needs updating as per this site's own news articles, which apparently no longer get linked to the relevant forum threads anymore.
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2023/12/ariane6-2024-launch/
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https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2023/12/ariane6-2024-launch/ [Dec 1]
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The long-awaited maiden flight of Ariane 6 is scheduled to take place between June 15 and July 31, 2024, European Space Agency (ESA) Director General Josef Aschbacher announced at a press conference on Thursday [Nov 30].
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NLT 23 July 2024:
https://twitter.com/SpaceVoyaging/status/1731256922257363393
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🇪🇺🚀During a press briefing held on Nov. 30 @esa , @ArianeGroup and @CNES analyzed the recent Ariane 6 milestones and future developments. The new European rocket is now set to liftoff between June 15 and July 23, 2024. Find out more in our Blog article📲:
https://www.spacevoyaging.com/exciting-news-for-ariane-6-as-esa-prepares-first-launch/
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First Ariane 6 flight model ships to Europe’s Spaceport

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The stages that make up the central core of Europe’s new rocket, Ariane 6, have left mainland Europe and are heading towards Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana. Shipping across the Atlantic, the main stage and upper stage were loaded into the purpose-built hybrid sailing ship Canopée at the harbours of Bremen, Germany, and Le Havre, France.

Canopée left the port of Le Havre carrying the last elements that will form the first Ariane 6 rocket to soar into space. Canopée is scheduled to arrive at the port of Pariacabo in Kourou, French Guiana, by the end of February.

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https://www.esa.int/Enabling_Support/Space_Transportation/Ariane/Ariane_6_joint_update_report_22_February_2024

"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:

09 February 2024: Fairing removal from Ariane 6 test model, Kourou, French Guiana

The fairing and dummy payloads were removed from the Ariane 6 test model and transferred to the Batiment Assemblage Final (BAF). With this the test model on the Ariane 6 launch pad has started to be dismantled to make way for the flight model of Ariane 6.

This dismantling also validates the ability to disassemble the launcher in case anomalies would require a change of a stage of the rocket on the launch pad. In addition, a “Dummy Payload Dismounting Test” will be executed in the Hall d’Encapsulation (HE) that is part of the Batiment Assemblage Final (BAF).

21 February 2024: Arrival of Ariane 6 first flight model main and upper stage, Kourou, French Guiana

The main and upper stage for the inaugural flight for Ariane 6 arrived at Europe’s Spaceport from mainland Europe.
Next milestones:

Inaugural launch campaign

March: Integration of central core, Kourou, French Guiana

The upper and main stage will be connected in March to form the central core.

Mid March 2024: First booster for inaugural flight ready and stored, Kourou French Guiana.

The first booster for the Ariane 6 inaugural flight is being integrated at the booster finishing facility.

Early April 2024: second booster for inaugural flight ready and stored, Kourou, French Guiana.

The second booster for the Ariane 6 inaugural flight is being integrated at the booster finishing facility in French Guiana.

First flight period

ESA, CNES and ArianeGroup are targeting the first launch of Ariane 6 between 15 June and 31 July 2024."
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Arianespace CCO Steven Rutgers says at a Satellite 2024 panel today that the company expects to perform its first Ariane 6 launch in 90-100 days (or mid to late June; the first part of a target launch period that runs through July.)
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https://twitter.com/andrewparsonson/status/1770843172840554910

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The 1st and 2nd stages for the maiden Ariane 6 flight have come together. Once the integration process is complete, the stacked rocket will be transferred to the Mobile Gantry and lifted into a vertical position. Credit: ESA-CNES-ARIANESPACE-ArianeGroup / Optique vidéo du CSG

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