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Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
« Reply #480 on: 10/19/2022 03:09 pm »
Quelle surprise (not)

https://twitter.com/chrisg_nsf/status/1582750512784769031

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#Ariane6 first flight now expected no earlier than "last quarter 2023" according to ESA, ArianeGroup in update to media just now.

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Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
« Reply #481 on: 10/19/2022 03:25 pm »
https://twitter.com/alexphysics13/status/1582754153402892288

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"Ariane 6 Block II" is the name Arianespace is giving to the upgraded Ariane 6 rocket they're envisioning for the later half of the decade.

20% increase in performance to LEO with new upper stage and solid rocket motors.

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Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
« Reply #482 on: 10/19/2022 03:27 pm »
https://twitter.com/thesheetztweetz/status/1582755039810318336

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Aschbacher notes the Q4 2023 launch target depends on hitting three milestones by Q1:

1 - Completion of upper stage hot fire test
2 - Start of combined tests in French Guiana
3 - Start of launch system qualification review

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Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
« Reply #483 on: 10/19/2022 09:49 pm »
Let's look back in this topic. Source is ESA: Ariane 6 and Vega C begin development.
I'll write an article, but:

N° 30–2015: ARIANE 6 AND VEGA C BEGIN DEVELOPMENT

12 August 2015

Today, ESA signed contracts for the development of the Ariane 6 new‑generation launcher, its launch base and the Vega C evolution of the current ESA small launcher.

The contracts, signed at ESA’s Paris Head Office with Airbus Safran Launchers (ASL), France’s CNES space agency and ELV, respectively, cover all development work on Ariane 6 and its launch base for a maiden flight in 2020, and on Vega C for its 2018 debut.

“These contracts will allow the development of a family of European launchers, highly competitive in the world market and ensuring autonomous access to space at fully competitive prices for ESA’s Member States,” said Jan Woerner, Director General of ESA.
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I know; the discussion topic.
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Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
« Reply #484 on: 10/20/2022 08:33 pm »
N° 51–2022: Invitation to Media: Ariane 6 Progress and Preparation of Future European Space Transportation

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Media representatives are invited to a press briefing and question-answer session on progress towards first flight of Europe’s new Ariane 6 launch vehicle. From 16.30 CEST on Wednesday, 19 October 2022 at ESA Headquarters Bertrand in Paris, the heads of ESA, ArianeGroup, CNES and Arianespace will describe the Ariane 6 launcher programme’s current status and next steps, and will outline the broader plan for European space transportation in the latter part of this decade.

Press briefing on Ariane 6 progress and preparation (video)

https://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Videos/2022/10/Press_briefing_on_Ariane_6_progress_and_preparation

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Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
« Reply #485 on: 10/22/2022 02:50 am »
Ariane boss insists Europe’s new rocket can compete with Musk’s SpaceX

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The new Ariane 6 rocket system will be competitive with Elon Musk’s SpaceX despite it lagging behind on reusable technology, said André-Hubert Roussel, CEO of Ariane Group, which runs the aerospace project.

The long-delayed Ariane 6 system should finally launch in the fourth quarter of 2023, and Roussel said that while it won't include such cost-slashing technology as SpaceX it could eventually be possible to carry out a launch every two weeks, though only up to 12 in a full calendar year.

“Ariane 6 is the guarantee of autonomous access to space for Europe,” Roussel told POLITICO, while confirming tentative plans to carry out a maiden launch of the next-generation rocket by the close of next year, though the first full-scale commercial launch will only happen in 2024.

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Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
« Reply #486 on: 10/25/2022 11:57 am »
https://twitter.com/delta_v/status/1584624587098423298

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A timelapse of the first #Ariane6 full stack assembly from July to October.

Directed by Manuel Pédoussaut/ZetaPress
Executive Producer: Stéphane Corvaja/ESA
Music: Hubrid-Dust

#ESA #CSG

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Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
« Reply #488 on: 12/22/2022 07:24 pm »
https://twitter.com/arianegroup/status/1606021880573460481

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🛳We got new pictures from Canopée, the ship that will transport the various pieces of Ariane 6 between Europe and French Guiana. On November 10, the ship was docked in Rotterdam under the Dutch sun. Such a beautiful sight!
#ArianeGroup #Ariane6 #boat

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Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
« Reply #490 on: 01/16/2023 09:30 am »
https://press.ariane.group/le-navire-canopee-accoste-pour-la-premiere-fois-en-guyane-6859/?lang=eng

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PRESS RELEASE
CANOPÉE CARGO SHIP DOCKS IN FRENCH GUIANA FOR THE FIRST TIME
13/01/2023
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Canopée has completed its very first transatlantic crossing and has reached Pariacabo harbor in French Guiana.

The new-generation sailing cargo ship has been custom-designed to ship Ariane 6 launcher components to Kourou.

Canopée will be fitted with sails by the summer. Its hybrid propulsion uses a combination of sails and traditional engines.

This first crossing is part of a series of sea trials to qualify harbor infrastructure and Canopée’s future shipping route.

The use of Canopée will ultimately halve the costs of shipping Ariane parts and reduce the environmental footprint.


Canopée, the new Ariane 6 transport ship, reached Pariacabo harbor in French Guiana for the first time on January 13, 2023, after leaving Rotterdam in the Netherlands on December 27, 2022, on its very first voyage to French Guiana. This first transatlantic crossing marks the end of sea trials.

“With the sea qualification of Canopée, we have achieved a further milestone in the Ariane 6 adventure. This cargo ship completely meets the program objectives: reducing costs, shortening production cycles, and reducing our environmental footprint,” says Karl-Heinz Servos, ArianeGroup’s Head of Industry. “The success of the sea trials means that qualification tests can now begin in the harbors where Canopée will dock. Canopée will transport the inaugural flight Ariane 6 launcher from this summer, then the following launchers which are already being integrated at ArianeGroup’s sites in France and Germany.”

Canopée has been custom-built to meet the complex requirements of Ariane 6 transport. It is a hybrid-propulsion vessel designed to ship all the launcher stages and sub-assemblies together, to be environmentally friendly, and to halve shipping costs, particularly by the use of wingsails. Canopée’s structure is tailored to be able to carry large, fragile loads and to navigate the shallow Kourou river in French Guiana right up to Pariacabo harbor. Canopée measures 121 metres in length, with a 22-meter beam. Its total displacement tonnage is 10,000 tons, and it can travel at a speed of 17 knots.

Construction of Canopée began in 2020 in the Polish port of Sczezcin, under the direction of maritime company Alizés, a joint venture between offshore services specialist Jifmar and naval architects Zéphyr & Borée, which won ArianeGroup’s tender for the project. The first build stage included assembly of structural elements, installation of engines and control systems, and fitting out the ship. Canopée was first launched in June 2022, traveling from Sczezcin to Rotterdam, where fitting out was completed (cabling, navigation instrumentation, system start-up, router implementation and cabin layout). Sea trials were then undertaken over several days to check that all electrical, propulsion, and safety systems were functioning correctly. Canopée’s seaworthiness certificate was received on December 23, 2022. ArianeGroup began operating Canopée at the end of December 2022, allowing the ship to make its first ocean crossing to French Guiana and complete sea trials. Canopée’s return leg to Europe will provide key data for future voyages. The ship will be fitted with its four articulated wingsails by the summer.

In the Ariane 6 program, ArianeGroup is responsible for transporting the launcher components from Europe to French Guiana, using the first sailing cargo ship designed and developed by the joint venture Alizés for ArianeGroup.
Ariane 6 is a program of the European Space Agency (ESA), which is responsible for the entire launch system architecture. As lead contractor and design authority for the launcher, ArianeGroup is in charge of development and production, with its industrial partners, along with marketing and operation, via its subsidiary Arianespace.

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Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
« Reply #491 on: 01/23/2023 03:29 pm »
Last week we tested again the upper stage of the Ariane 6 at DLR in Lampoldshausen:

https://twitter.com/DLR_en/status/1617540481574912004?cxt=HHwWiICy4e6f1PIsAAAA
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Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
« Reply #495 on: 01/23/2023 07:52 pm »
I'll transcript from the ESA DG's annual press briefing 2023, from 41:00 - 44:00
On 5 Oktober the first ULPM firing at P5.2 Lamboldshausen took place. This test was interrupted /cut short.
They had a problem with the octopyro (no clue what that is).
20th Januari the full duration ULPM test took place successfully lasting 900 sec.
Three milestones have to be passed before a fixed maiden launch date can be given.
- The ULPM (upperstage) hot firing test campaign at DLR Lampoldshausen. They have to do two further test with degraded cases. 
- The full sequence of combined test of the ELA4 and Ariane 6 ground segment qualification module.
Currently they are doing the electrical tests. Al electrical and signal communication between the launcher and the ground segment.
In march they will test the fluid interfaces.
Than in may a short first stage (vulcain 2.1 firing test) and
in early June a 500s long full LLPM burn duration test. 
- 3th delivery of the flight hardware in France Guiana. Currently planned for the second semester.
So no specific date before the second half of this year.

And from 1:01:20 - 1:03:10
The budget for launchers between 2023 to 2025. Was raised by 2.851 Billion during the ESA ministerial.
This is on top of the running programs: introduction for Vega C and Ariane 6 development.
Half of the 2.85 Billion will be spent on Ariane 6 and Vega (C/E), the other half is for future launcher development and Launch infrastructure (CSG).
comment:' WTF are they wasting all this public money on?
« Last Edit: 01/23/2023 08:25 pm by Rik ISS-fan »

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