Author Topic: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates  (Read 274350 times)

Offline jacqmans

  • Moderator
  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 21444
  • Houten, The Netherlands
  • Liked: 8099
  • Likes Given: 317
Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
« Reply #420 on: 09/16/2021 11:24 am »
Combined tests start for Ariane 6 at Europe’s Spaceport
15/09/2021

Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana is performing the first combined test in preparation for the inaugural flight of Ariane 6, Europe’s new generation launch vehicle.

This test confirms the operations and electrical and mechanical equipment required for integration of the upper part of the launch vehicle. The procedures are carried out in conditions representative of a launch campaign. A major step of this test involves the closure of the Ariane 6 fairing around the payload.

Preparations started in May 2021 with a de-risking campaign of the mechanical operations.

The fairing, built by Ruag Space in Switzerland, stands 20 m high and 5.4 m in diameter. It protects payloads from the thermal, acoustic and aerodynamic stresses on the ascent to space.

This combined test was performed using a new integration dock, composed of a large white frame, with two mobile platforms adjustable to any level and accessible by fixed stairs and platforms, developed by the French space agency, CNES.

The assembly building has two halls: one for integration of the fairing and another where the payload is stowed in the fairing. This encapsulation area is a spacious clean room for Ariane 6.

These activities are part of extensive ‘combined tests’ at the Spaceport by ESA, CNES, ArianeGroup and other industry partners. They will prove the systems and procedures to prepare Europe's new Ariane 6 launch vehicle for flight.

ESA oversees the implementation and management of verification and qualification activities up to and including the first flight of Ariane 6 before handing over to the exploitation authority.

Ariane 6 is designed to extend guaranteed access to space for Europe and will be capable of carrying out all types of missions to all orbits. It features a modular design with two versions: Ariane 62, fitted with two strap-on boosters, and Ariane 64, with four.

Offline eeergo

Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
« Reply #421 on: 09/27/2021 02:21 pm »
-DaviD-

Offline su27k

  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 6280
  • Liked: 8865
  • Likes Given: 870
Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
« Reply #422 on: 09/28/2021 10:46 am »
Eutelsat to French parliament: OneWeb’s European; Ariane 6 has a serious launch cadence problem vs SpaceX, Blue Origin

Quote from: spaceintelreport.com
He [Eutelsat Chief Executive Rodolphe Belmer] also said Eutelsat, a commercial satellite fleet operator, is worried about the competitiveness of Europe’s Ariane 6 rocket, which may never reach the launch cadence of competitors SpaceX and Blue Origin.

Offline eeergo

-DaviD-

Offline Zed_Noir

  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 4424
  • Canada
  • Liked: 1350
  • Likes Given: 1152
Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
« Reply #424 on: 09/28/2021 07:18 pm »
Eutelsat to French parliament: OneWeb’s European; Ariane 6 has a serious launch cadence problem vs SpaceX, Blue Origin

Quote from: spaceintelreport.com
He [Eutelsat Chief Executive Rodolphe Belmer] also said Eutelsat, a commercial satellite fleet operator, is worried about the competitiveness of Europe’s Ariane 6 rocket, which may never reach the launch cadence of competitors SpaceX and Blue Origin.


The launch cadence of Blue Origin? A company that has zero orbital flights so far and likely remain so for the next couple of years.  ::)

Offline Salo

  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 8743
  • Odessa, Ukraine
  • Liked: 2769
  • Likes Given: 2763
Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
« Reply #425 on: 09/30/2021 01:50 pm »
Skyloom signs contract with Arianespace for first launch

Quote
Arianespace will launch Skyloom’s first geostationary lasercom relay node, a telecommunications start up based in Oakland, California.  This innovative satellite will be part of a rideshare mission aboard Arianespace’s next-generation heavy-lift vehicle, the Ariane 64.  This vehicle, set to debut in mid-2022 is capable of reaching more reference orbits due to its re-startable Vinci upper-stage.

Offline Salo

  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 8743
  • Odessa, Ukraine
  • Liked: 2769
  • Likes Given: 2763
Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
« Reply #426 on: 09/30/2021 02:08 pm »
https://spacenews.com/launch-companies-optimistic-about-future-demand/
[dated September 9]
Quote
Between GEO satellites and demand from constellations and other customers, he said he was optimistic about the prospects of the Ariane 6, scheduled to make its first launch in the second quarter of 2022. The business plan for the rocket was based on 11 launches a year. “With the perspective we have now for demand, it’s not a dream to consider that we can make it and maybe go beyond.”
« Last Edit: 10/14/2021 01:51 am by zubenelgenubi »

Offline Salo

  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 8743
  • Odessa, Ukraine
  • Liked: 2769
  • Likes Given: 2763
Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
« Reply #427 on: 09/30/2021 02:13 pm »
https://www.esa.int/Enabling_Support/Space_Transportation/Launch_vehicles/Ariane_6
Quote
The first Ariane 6 flight is planned for the second quarter of 2022

Offline Yiosie

  • Full Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 433
  • Liked: 588
  • Likes Given: 72
Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
« Reply #428 on: 09/30/2021 10:29 pm »
https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/1442928296073711616

Quote
France's space agency @CNES turns over to @ESA the @Ariane6 launch pad after 8 yrs & >$700M; 2 yrs late & over budget, but on track relative to ESA's updated plan a yr ago. Goal now: Launch in Q3 2022. @ArianeGroup @Arianespace. bit.ly/3ieK5gn

Offline su27k

  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 6280
  • Liked: 8865
  • Likes Given: 870
Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
« Reply #429 on: 10/06/2021 03:12 am »
VIDÉO. À Vernon, les salariés d’ArianeGroup « inquiets et exaspérés »

Google translated: VIDEO. In Vernon, ArianeGroup employees "worried and exasperated"

Quote from: paris-normandie.fr
About 250 employees of the ArianeGroup establishment in Vernon, in the Eure, demonstrated on Monday, October 4, 2021. The site should be set, Friday, October 8, 2021, on the exact number of jobs threatened. The inter-union requests an interview with the general management “to obtain guarantees”.

At the call of the intersyndicale (CFDT, CFE-CGC, CGT, Sud, UNSA), around 250 of the 860 employees of the ArianeGroup establishment in Vernon, in the Eure, mobilized, Monday, October 4, 2021, in in the morning, for a walk from the company to the very symbolic space roundabout.

This social movement follows the announcements of the general management of the aerospace giant, dated September 23, 2021 . No less than 600 positions, on the basis of voluntary departures and transfers to Airbus and Safran, must be eliminated in the group by the end of 2022, in France and Germany . A restructuring to which is added, for Vernon, the transfer across the Rhine of the activity of the Vinci engine.


CFE-CGC newsletter: ARIANEGROUP : NOTRE ENTREPRISE DANS UNE PASSE COMPLIQUÉE

Quote from: CFE-CGC
ArianeGroup was decided in 2014/2015 on the basis of at least 11 Ariane 6 flights per year  ; that was the European objective at the time.

But this ambition was shattered:

SpaceX (if it was just him!) Has been there and the market prices for civilian launches have plummeted, diverting even our most loyal customers. It is true that it benefits legally, but in defiance of fair competition, from prices spiked upwards for US government launches.
 
Europe has taken too long to react despite appeals for help from the industrial sector, both companies and unions; in addition, we are witnessing an intensification of national ambitions for independent access to space, notably with initiatives on micro-launchers
 
In 7 years, the space market has changed dramatically and the appearance of constellations is changing the situation
 
The development of Ariane 6 took longer than initially expected (Covid-19 does not explain everything!)

Today the target rate is revised downwards:

This summer's ESA Council validated 4 guaranteed institutional flights per year during the “operational” phase (2025-2030), after the previous so-called “transition” phase. This deal is conditional on the success of Ariane 6 flight 1 around mid-2022 with 2 major challenges:  date  and  success of flight 1 .

In addition to these 4 institutional flights, ArianeGroup expects 3 commercial flights per year, for a total of 7 Ariane 6 flights per year against 11 initially .
« Last Edit: 10/06/2021 03:17 am by su27k »

Offline GWR64

  • Full Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 1490
  • Germany
  • Liked: 1264
  • Likes Given: 816
Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
« Reply #430 on: 10/16/2021 06:42 am »

Quote
Ariane 6 development: progress on all fronts

These are exciting days at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana and throughout several sites in ESA Member States as the development of Ariane 6 enters its final phase. Ariane 6 parts are being shipped from Europe for combined tests on the new Ariane 6 launch base. These tests rehearse all activities and systems involving the rocket and launch base on an Ariane 6 launch campaign. On the final test, the Ariane 6 core stage will perform a static hot firing while standing on its recently inaugurated launch pad. It will be from this new launch base that ESA’s Ariane 6 rocket will soon be launched for the first time.

Meanwhile in Europe, Ariane 6’s upper stage will experience the conditions of space at a new test bench at @DLR in Lampoldshausen. After this, all is ready for the much anticipated first flight of ESA’s new heavy-lift rocket from Europe’s Spaceport.

Offline eeergo

Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
« Reply #431 on: 10/19/2021 09:58 am »
-DaviD-

Offline bolun

  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3427
  • Europe
  • Liked: 780
  • Likes Given: 109
Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
« Reply #432 on: 10/19/2021 02:17 pm »
https://twitter.com/Ariane6/status/1448953782910476298

Quote
How to transport and handle an #Ariane6 solid rocket motor? Tests at @EuropeSpacePort let us validate these industrial tools on an inert mock-up before doing it on the real booster. We call this motor the #P120C and it will also be used as the first stage of #VegaC @vega_sts

Online hoku

  • Full Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 578
  • Liked: 504
  • Likes Given: 276
Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
« Reply #433 on: 12/28/2021 09:27 am »
First time an upper stage for Ariane 6 is getting ready for shipment to Kourou. ArianeGroup press conference today at 15:00 CET

https://www.sueddeutsche.de/wissen/raumfahrt-bremen-erste-oberstufe-der-neuen-ariane-6-beginnt-reise-nach-kourou-dpa.urn-newsml-dpa-com-20090101-211227-99-517787


Update: this upper stage is for ground testing in Kourou, i.e. not a flight article
https://www.canewsottawa.ca/testing-upper-stage-of-the-new-ariane-6-goes-on-a-journey-to-kourou/
« Last Edit: 12/31/2021 09:44 am by hoku »

Offline hektor

  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2441
  • Liked: 1021
  • Likes Given: 44
Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
« Reply #434 on: 01/04/2022 01:11 pm »
« Last Edit: 01/04/2022 07:24 pm by zubenelgenubi »

Offline Rondaz

  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 27060
  • Liked: 5287
  • Likes Given: 166
Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
« Reply #435 on: 01/06/2022 09:53 am »
The @Ariane6 core and upper stages intended for combined tests on the launchpad are now en route to @EuropeSpacePort. The two stages are scheduled to arrive in French Guiana later this month..

https://twitter.com/esa/status/1479027483592830978

Offline GWR64

  • Full Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 1490
  • Germany
  • Liked: 1264
  • Likes Given: 816
Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
« Reply #436 on: 01/06/2022 03:36 pm »
Quote
ArianeGroup
@ArianeGroup
·
4. Jan.
RaketeThe #Ariane6 core stage and upper stage intended for the combined tests on the launch pad in French Guiana have left the #ArianeGroup sites in Les Mureaux and Bremen and begun their journey to Europe’s Spaceport.
https://twitter.com/ArianeGroup/status/1478302944231665664

Quote
@AfifRocketMario
·
4. Jan.
When will those 2 arrive at the spaceport?
https://twitter.com/AfifRocketMario/status/1478303744282357760
Quote
Paul Montagne
@AstroPolo_Space
...
Mid-January. Beginning of combined tests (Launcher+Pad) in April
https://twitter.com/AstroPolo_Space/status/1478442106523987973

Offline sts9

  • Member
  • Posts: 36
  • Liked: 38
  • Likes Given: 19
« Last Edit: 01/12/2022 03:24 pm by sts9 »

Offline eeergo

Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
« Reply #438 on: 01/18/2022 06:33 pm »
-DaviD-


Tags:
 

Advertisement NovaTech
Advertisement SkyTale Software GmbH
Advertisement Northrop Grumman
Advertisement
Advertisement Brady Kenniston
Advertisement NextSpaceflight
Advertisement Nathan Barker Photography
0