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Title: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 03/28/2013 11:48 AM
NOTE: this thread is meant only for UPDATES regarding the development of Ariane 6.

As such, it is a companion to the ESA - Ariane 5 ME Updates (http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=27843.0) -thread.

- Discussions about liquid- versus solids Ariane belong in the Ariane 6: solid vs. liquid -thread (http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=30749.0)
- Discussions about manned vehicles or man-rated vehicles on Ariane 6 belong in the Ariane 6 and crewed ARV -thread (http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=17309.0).
- Discussions about the long road that led to the decision to develop Ariane 6 belong in the ESA begins work on Ariane 6 -thread (http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=20096.0).
- All personal opinions about this launcher do not belong on this thread. Best take them to one of the discussion threads linked above.

Thank you in advance for complying with the noted restrictions. All violations will be reported to the moderators.

End of note.

OK, to kick-off this thread, some recent eye-candy...

All images - credit: CNES/ill./DUCROS David, 2013
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 03/28/2013 01:29 PM
Some older news. Copied accros from the Ariane 5 ME Updates thread:

http://www.astrium.eads.net/en/press_centre/astrium-wins-contracts-to-design-ariane-6-and-continue-development-of-ariane-5.html

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The European Space Agency (ESA) has awarded Astrium, Europe’s leading space technology company, €108 million worth of prime contractor agreements covering the development of the Ariane 6 and Ariane 5 ME launchers. The contracts follow on from the decisions reached at the ESA Ministerial Council meeting in Naples on 20-21 November 2012.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 03/28/2013 01:35 PM
Slightly less older development news.

http://www.cnes.fr/web/CNES-en/10705-gp-europe-sets-its-sights-on-ariane-6.php

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Ariane 5 is hamstrung by the need to find 2 satellites ready to launch every 2 to 3 months and compatible with its lift performance,” notes Joseph Berenbach. “On the other hand, Ariane 6 will launch a single satellite at a time, so it will be much more flexible and responsive: customers will no longer have to wait to launch their spacecraft.

Images - credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 03/28/2013 01:53 PM
The Space Unconference 2013 (SpaceUp 2013), to be held at ESA headquarters in Paris, from May 24th - May 26th 2013, will host the Ariane 6 kick-off event.

http://www.spaceup.fr/spaceup-paris-2013/ariane-6-kick-off-event/

http://www.spacetweepsociety.org/2013/03/20/spaceup-paris-t-64-days/

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CNES, the French space agency, invites the SpaceUp attendees to learn more about the future ESA launcher, Ariane 6. On Friday 24th May, engineers from the CNES Launchers Directorate and ESA’s Launchers Directorate will present their work, take part in interactive workshops and submit challenges to the participants.

Anyone from this forum attending?  :)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 03/28/2013 07:55 PM
Some more older news, from a French source, but it contains the first views of the proposed launch zone for Ariane 6:

http://www.usinenouvelle.com/article/ariane-6-implique-la-construction-d-un-nouveau-pas-de-tir-a-kourou.N188375

Translation mine:
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On Wednesday, December 19, 2012, in the combined ESA/CNES facility, in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, Michel Eymard, CNES Director of Launchers presented a model of the future Ariane 6. (Note: see image below)Performed in 3D-printing, it represents the"PPH" configuration of the rocket, with three solid boosters on the lower stage (first stage), a similar solid booster above the lower stage, and a cryogenic upper stage.

The favorite configuration of CNES for the future Ariane was already known before the Ministerial Conference in Naples. However, the future launch area of the launcher was never previously revealed. Christian Canart, CNES project manager for the Guyana ground facilities, presented the future site plan and an artist impression.

"It's included in the $ 4 billion?" the concerned ESA minister Geneviève Fioraso immediately asked. The answer from CNES President Yannick d'Escatha was immediate: 'Yes, it's included'.

Like Vega, the small European launcher, Ariane 6 final assembly is performed directly on the pad. In contrast, Ariane 5 was assembled in a building, then received it's payload and fairing in another building, before being transferred to the launchpad.

The map below shows the area of the Guiana Space Centre, which would be dedicated to Ariane 6. In the BICI (Lower Composite Integration Facility), the solid boosters for the lower two stages are integrated, before being stored in the BSE. ZL means launch area. The cryogenic upper stage and payload-composite are assembled directly on the pad. Two launch areas (ZL1 and ZL2) may be considered for parallel launch processing.

Everything will be located north of the Ariane 5 launch area.

Production units for the solid booster propellants are extensions of existing units which are also located inside the Guiana Space Center.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: baldusi on 03/29/2013 02:29 AM
So, they'll have a mobile integration tower, that will also enclose a fixed service tower (for H2, auxiliary gases, etc.). They did stated that they would integrate the lower three solids on a separate building. So I'm assuming it will have some sort of mobile bed? Or will the service tower and bed be integrated like the Atlas V's MLP?
BTW, I still don't see how will they scale down performance. Unless they can do a PPH with a single solid at the base.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 03/29/2013 07:12 AM
So, they'll have a mobile integration tower, that will also enclose a fixed service tower (for H2, auxiliary gases, etc.). They did stated that they would integrate the lower three solids on a separate building. So I'm assuming it will have some sort of mobile bed? Or will the service tower and bed be integrated like the Atlas V's MLP?
BTW, I still don't see how will they scale down performance. Unless they can do a PPH with a single solid at the base.

Remember, this is an update thread. Not a discussion thread. I suggest you take your questions/remarks regarding integration and performance to one of the existing discussion threads. Or, create a new appropriate discussion thread.

Thank you.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: russianhalo117 on 03/29/2013 12:31 PM
So, they'll have a mobile integration tower, that will also enclose a fixed service tower (for H2, auxiliary gases, etc.). They did stated that they would integrate the lower three solids on a separate building. So I'm assuming it will have some sort of mobile bed? Or will the service tower and bed be integrated like the Atlas V's MLP?
BTW, I still don't see how will they scale down performance. Unless they can do a PPH with a single solid at the base.

Remember, this is an update thread. Not a discussion thread. I suggest you take your questions/remarks regarding integration and performance to one of the existing discussion threads. Or, create a new appropriate discussion thread.

Thank you.
I created Ariane 6 Discussion Thread for everyone.
LINK: http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=31494.0
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 04/23/2013 05:41 PM
New image from CNES showing a notional Ariane 6 launchpad.


Image - credit: CNES/ill./CHERFI Mourad, 2013
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: baldusi on 04/23/2013 09:03 PM
New image from CNES showing a notional Ariane 6 launchpad.


Image - credit: CNES/ill./CHERFI Mourad, 2013

Why the Russian style flame "trench"? Does it does away with most of pad refurbishment?
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 04/24/2013 06:29 AM
Warning: this is an update thread. Please post your questions in the discussion thread (http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=31494.0)

Thank you.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Oli on 04/26/2013 03:32 PM
Pic posted on ESA website.

I wonder why 2 strap-ons have little wings  ???
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: baldusi on 04/26/2013 04:40 PM
Normally, when little "wings" are added, is usually to keep aerodynamic stability at separation. For a famous example, the Saturn V needed them to keep the first stage from deviating enough to guarantee the safe escape of the Apollo in case of an abort. Without those wing, if the avionics section failed, the rocket could tumble more than the time needed to eject the capsule in a safe attitude. I.e. before the rocket would break down by aerodynamic forces. Thus, I would speculate that those are there to keep the expended rockets from contacting their neighbors during separation.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 04/26/2013 08:05 PM
The recent ESA update on Ariane 6 also includes a short term timeline of what is to happen in this year:

http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Launchers/Launch_vehicles/Ariane_6

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Ariane 6 elements

The Ariane 6 is a three-stages configuration (called PPH) powered by solid propulsion for the lower composite (first two stages) and with a cryogenic liquid oxygen and hydrogen for the upper stage.

For the lower composite, several options are being considered in terms of number, loading and arrangement of motors.

For the upper stage, Ariane 6, similarly to Ariane 5 ME Adapted, will use cryogenic propulsion for the upper stage based on the Vinci engine. It will be restartable and have direct deorbiting features.

Ariane 6 work logic

The preparatory work has begun, with a first phase of trade-offs between different PPH concepts that will lead to the selection of one Ariane 6 concept by the second quarter of 2013. Analysis will begin on the selected concept during the feasibility stage, planned for completion in mid-2013.

Some of the Ariane 6 concepts under investigation

This will be followed by the preliminary definition phase which aims to show the overarching objective of the Ariane 6 launch system can be met: reduced exploitation costs.

The complete development of the Ariane 6 launch system will be proposed at the 2014 Council at ministerial level.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 05/27/2013 06:05 AM
Little late update:

http://www.spacenews.com/article/launch-report/35469with-ariane-6-launch-site-selected-cnes-aims-to-freeze-design-of-the-new#.UaL3EpFrOHN (http://www.spacenews.com/article/launch-report/35469with-ariane-6-launch-site-selected-cnes-aims-to-freeze-design-of-the-new#.UaL3EpFrOHN)

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PARIS — The French space agency, CNES, expects to freeze the final design of the new-generation Ariane 6 launcher by July, a milestone that will trigger work on a new launch pad in French Guiana whose location has already been decided, according to CNES officials.

The rocket and the launch installation are being designed to operate Ariane 6 at least eight times per year, with a mission goal of 12 flights annually to keep production and operations costs within the targeted 70 million euros ($91 million) per launch.

At somewhere between eight and 12 flights per year, including three or four European government missions, Ariane 6 would no longer need the annual price supports that the current heavy-lift Ariane 5 still requires despite a decade-long run without a failure.

The 20-nation European Space Agency (ESA) pays about 100 million euros per year to the Arianespace commercial launch consortium to permit the Evry, France-based company to avoid financial losses.

The 70 million euro target for Ariane 6 is viewed as an all-in cost that would include about 14 million euros per launch in ground operations and also would include the sales and marketing charges incurred by Arianespace.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 05/27/2013 06:34 AM
Little late update:

http://www.spacenews.com/article/launch-report/35469with-ariane-6-launch-site-selected-cnes-aims-to-freeze-design-of-the-new#.UaL3EpFrOHN (http://www.spacenews.com/article/launch-report/35469with-ariane-6-launch-site-selected-cnes-aims-to-freeze-design-of-the-new#.UaL3EpFrOHN)

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PARIS — The French space agency, CNES, expects to freeze the final design of the new-generation Ariane 6 launcher by July, a milestone that will trigger work on a new launch pad in French Guiana whose location has already been decided, according to CNES officials.

The rocket and the launch installation are being designed to operate Ariane 6 at least eight times per year, with a mission goal of 12 flights annually to keep production and operations costs within the targeted 70 million euros ($91 million) per launch.

At somewhere between eight and 12 flights per year, including three or four European government missions, Ariane 6 would no longer need the annual price supports that the current heavy-lift Ariane 5 still requires despite a decade-long run without a failure.

The 20-nation European Space Agency (ESA) pays about 100 million euros per year to the Arianespace commercial launch consortium to permit the Evry, France-based company to avoid financial losses.

The 70 million euro target for Ariane 6 is viewed as an all-in cost that would include about 14 million euros per launch in ground operations and also would include the sales and marketing charges incurred by Arianespace.

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Taking advantage of work done years ago on what was then a quarry, CNES officials have selected a site to the north of the Ariane 5’s launch site for Ariane 6, an area called Roche Nicole. Quarry construction left a large pit, now filled with water, that will be used for the Ariane 6 flame trench.

CNES officials say that because of the quarry work, done to support launches of the now-retired Ariane 4 rocket, the flame trench is now the equivalent of 70 percent complete even though no work has begun on it.

Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 05/31/2013 06:39 AM
http://www.spacenews.com/article/launch-report/35546europe-urged-to-halt-work-on-%E2%80%98dead-end-ariane-6-design#.UahCkJFrMrs (http://www.spacenews.com/article/launch-report/35546europe-urged-to-halt-work-on-%E2%80%98dead-end-ariane-6-design#.UahCkJFrMrs)

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Europe Urged To Halt Work on ‘Dead End' Ariane 6 Design

Europe’s Air & Space Academy says the French and European space agencies are moving in the wrong direction on the future Ariane 6 rocket and should delay development in favor of a redesign that provides more growth potential.

The academy is urging the agencies to stop work on the Ariane 6 they approved in November with a view to beginning full development in 2014. The academy-favored rocket would use liquid propulsion instead of solid, and would face four more years of preparatory work before moving to full development in 2018.

In the meantime, the academy says, Europe should focus on an upgraded heavy-lift Ariane 5 that would fly for a decade before both it and the Europeanized version of Russia’s medium-lift Soyuz rocket are replaced by the all-liquid Ariane 6 in 2027. This rocket, called Ariane 5 ME, has been in design for several years. Continued work on it was approved, alongside Ariane 6, at the November meeting of European Space Agency (ESA) governments.

Discussing this news article should be done in the Ariane 6 DISCUSSION thread (http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=31494.0). Thank you.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 06/10/2013 07:29 AM
Here is the ESA response to the recent call for a pause in Ariane 6 development:

http://www.spacenews.com/article/launch-report/35678ignoring-call-for-strategic-pause-esa-intends-to-stay-the-course-on (http://www.spacenews.com/article/launch-report/35678ignoring-call-for-strategic-pause-esa-intends-to-stay-the-course-on)

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Ignoring Call for Strategic Pause, ESA Intends To Stay the Course on Ariane 6

The European Space Agency (ESA) has no intention of changing course for its future Ariane 6 rocket despite pointed criticism of the selected design by former ESA and European industry launch-vehicle experts, ESA Launch Vehicle Director Antonio Fabrizi said June 7.

Fabrizi said the current design, using two solid-fueled stages topped by a cryogenic upper stage, received the specific endorsement of ESA’s governments last November and cannot simply be set aside. He said the vehicle’s final design — both a single-block first stage and a multiblock cluster are being discussed — will be settled by early July.

Discussing this news article should be done in the Ariane 6 DISCUSSION thread (http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=31494.0). Thank you.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 06/14/2013 06:56 AM
More artist impressions.

Credit: CNES/DUCROS David, 2013
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Oli on 06/28/2013 12:19 AM
Found a new version. Now with 5 boosters in the first stage instead of 3. In total there will be 6.

From this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTai5KX1QWA
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: fregate on 06/28/2013 12:53 AM
SPACEFLIGHT Magazine VOLUME 183 NUMBER 5396, 25 JUNE-1 JULY 2013
Critical Ariane design decision looms
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ESA committee considers configuration options for successful launcher’s sixth incarnation, set to be revealed at end of June
The shape of Europe’s next launcher will be revealed as soon as end-June, with the selection of the configuration of the Ariane 6 rocket.
The European Space Agency’s industrial policy committee is choosing between a variety of solid-fuel stage arrangements, in a bid to replace the Ariane 5 heavy lifter with a less-expensive and more flexible – but equally reliable – alternative for flight from the early 2020s.
Speaking at the Paris air show, ESA director general Jean-Jacques Dordain said the move to solid fuel – rather than the liquid hydrogen and oxygen liquid motors that power Ariane 5 – represents a 10-year technology selection process.
Ariane 6, approved for development by ESA member state space and industry ministers in a five-year budget deal set in November 2012, is a bid to maintain Europe’s leading position in 
launches of big telecommunications satellites and other heavy payloads with a modular rocket system that allows components to be built in advance, stored and assembled as needed. Today,
each Ariane 5 must be tailormade for a specific payload.
Separately, Alain Charmeau, chief executive of Ariane 5 and 6 prime contractor Astrium Space Transportation, says his key challenge is to reorganise the European space industry to develop
and deliver Ariane 6 to a target launch price of about €75 million ($100 million) – that is, to be organised to work backwards from a market-competitive price rather than set a launch price
based largely on the cost of manufacturing and development.
NASA, said Charmeau, is the inspiration for this bold bid to reconfigure the European industry.
By setting objectives rather than specifications, NASA is starting to benefit from private sector innovation. SpaceX and its Falcon 9 rocket is the most visible example.                                     
Cutting costs, adds Charmeau, is going to mean delivering vehicles with fewer people working in the supply chain. “This is the challenge,” he says.
Meanwhile, Ariane 5 is being upgraded to add about a fifth to its payload capacity – to 12t. ESA’s industrial policy committee will next week sign contracts to see that work through to 2017, when the so-called Midlife Extension variant is due to fly, says Dordain.
He hopes ESA member states – particularly France and Switzerland, who lead development of Ariane 5 and its payload fairing – will approve “a fairly small amount of money”, about €30 million, to engineer a slightly enlarged fairing volume, to accommodate electric propulsion units for satellites inside. These represent a significant advance in satellite control, and reduce the mass of fuel that must be launched to orbit.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 06/28/2013 07:14 PM
Found a new version. Now with 5 boosters in the first stage instead of 3. In total there will be 6.

From this video:

<video snipped>

Not a new version but an older version. This is one of the notional versions that were presented shortly before the november 2012 ESA ministerial conference.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Oli on 06/28/2013 07:26 PM
^

Ok, but what size are the boosters? To my knowledge it has always been 3xP135 - 1xP135 - US. Or the version with strap-ons.

This however must be something different, maybe P100 which is planned for Vega evolution?
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Oli on 07/09/2013 09:34 AM
First!!  ;D

Baseline Configuration Of Ariane 6 Selected

http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Launchers/The_baseline_configuration_of_Ariane_6_
selected_by_consensus_on_the_basis_of_decisions_taken_by_ESA_s_Ministerial_Council_of_November_2012

Apparently there will only be one version. 3 P135 in line as a first stage, 1 P135 as second stage.

Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Ben the Space Brit on 07/09/2013 11:38 AM
Further to Oli's post, the U/S is to be a Vinci.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 07/09/2013 11:50 AM
CNES had apparently done away with the 'clustered' set of 3 P135's in the first stage. The P135's are now more conventionally positioned 'in a row'.

Images below: Credit: CNES/DUCROS David, 2013
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Lars_J on 07/09/2013 06:16 PM
Are the three boosters in the first stage "row" linked together, or does the middle one have a different fuel layout to burn longer?
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Remes on 07/09/2013 06:40 PM
Are the three boosters in the first stage "row" linked together, or does the middle one have a different fuel layout to burn longer?
First stage has 3 Solids. Second stage 1 Solid. Third stage lox. (I hope they manage to keep all solids as equal as possible).
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: spacejulien on 07/09/2013 08:28 PM
Are the three boosters in the first stage "row" linked together, or does the middle one have a different fuel layout to burn longer?
First stage has 3 Solids. Second stage 1 Solid. Third stage lox. (I hope they manage to keep all solids as equal as possible).
All three first stage motors burn out at the same time and are foreseen to be separated in one piece.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 07/13/2013 08:24 AM
DLR still unconvinced by solid fueled Ariane 6:

http://www.spacenews.com/article/launch-report/36225dlr%E2%80%99s-woerner-remains-unconvinced-just-unveiled-ariane-6-design-is-right#.UeEMI6y3kZY (http://www.spacenews.com/article/launch-report/36225dlr%E2%80%99s-woerner-remains-unconvinced-just-unveiled-ariane-6-design-is-right#.UeEMI6y3kZY)

As always: discuss this article in the discussion thread (http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=31494.0). Thank you.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: bolun on 10/24/2013 08:26 PM
Astrium awarded three new contracts by ESA for Ariane 6 and Ariane 5 ME launchers

http://www.astrium.eads.net/en/press_centre/astrium-awarded-three-new-contracts-by-esa-for-ariane-6-and-ariane-5-me.html

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- €106 million contract for continued development of the Ariane 5 ME

- €278 million contract for continued development of elements common to the Ariane 5 ME and Ariane 6 launchers

- €30 million contract to kick off preliminary studies for Ariane 6 in 2013

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The third contract is for the start of development studies for the Ariane 6 launcher, based on the concept selected in July.
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Astrium will now press ahead with definition and feasibility studies on the future Ariane 6 European launcher. These studies aim to define the chosen concept and architecture of the Ariane 6 launcher and to specify its main characteristics prior to the start of its industrial development, in 2014.
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The Ariane 6 and Ariane 5 ME launchers will both feature the same liquid-propulsion system in their upper stages, specifically the Vinci® engine, and largely the same fairing.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 11/15/2013 06:44 AM
http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Launchers/Ariane_6_moves_to_next_stage_of_development (http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Launchers/Ariane_6_moves_to_next_stage_of_development)

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In early July (2013), seven months after ESA’s Ministerial Council decision (2012), the concept for the Ariane 6 vehicle was selected.

On 1 October the Preliminary Requirements Review of the launch system began. The management plans and the preliminary specifications together with the technical and programmatic files of the concept were submitted for review.

The review was concluded by the board on 6 November. The review involved European experts from Arianespace, Italy’s ASI space agency, France’s CNES space agency, the DLR German Aerospace Center and ESA. European customers also participated and contributed to the consolidation of the Mission Requirement Document, which will drive the development.

The next step for the Ariane 6 project is the completion of a first Design Analysis Cycle, which is planned for the end of February, and which includes trade-offs for several subsystems. A second Design Analysis Cycle will start in March. The results of the second loop will feed the next ESA review: the System Requirements Review, planned for October–November 2014.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 11/15/2013 12:43 PM
Credit: CNES/ill./DUCROS David, 2013
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Jester on 12/04/2013 09:43 AM
In french, video about Ariane 6 launch site (la roche Nicole) 4 km from Ariane 5 launch site.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-GhInY7AYE
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: baldusi on 12/04/2013 05:15 PM
That's also at Sinnamary, as the ELS, right? Is it the site of the old digging?
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: russianhalo117 on 12/04/2013 07:37 PM
That's also at Sinnamary, as the ELS, right? Is it the site of the old digging?
AFAIK it is the later option that was mentioned.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Oli on 12/21/2013 08:27 PM
New pic.

Other info from the CNEStweetup. A6 could evolve into a 4t or 8t launcher, depending on the market. The 8t version would be doable with 5 solid motors in the first stage.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 01/08/2014 05:54 AM
Europe To Consider Radically Streamlined Supplier Base for Next-generation Ariane 6 Launcher
http://www.spacenews.com/article/civil-space/38968europe-to-consider-radically-streamlined-supplier-base-for-next-generation (http://www.spacenews.com/article/civil-space/38968europe-to-consider-radically-streamlined-supplier-base-for-next-generation)

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A radically simplified European rocket manufacturing organization that cuts the number of companies involved in Ariane rocket construction by two-thirds and permits a next-generation Ariane 6 rocket to meet its aggressive cost targets will be presented to European governments in March, officials from the French space agency, CNES, said Jan. 6.

As always: please discuss in the discussion thread. Thank you.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: spacediver on 03/19/2014 09:23 AM
http://spacenews.com/article/launch-report/39905questions-swirl-around-future-of-europe%E2%80%99s-ariane-launcher-program

Fioraso’s remark, ... , may indicate that France is ready to consider alternative Ariane 6 configurations.

Spacediver

Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 03/19/2014 10:40 AM
http://spacenews.com/article/launch-report/39905questions-swirl-around-future-of-europe%E2%80%99s-ariane-launcher-program (http://spacenews.com/article/launch-report/39905questions-swirl-around-future-of-europe%E2%80%99s-ariane-launcher-program)

Fioraso’s remark, ... , may indicate that France is ready to consider alternative Ariane 6 configurations.

Spacediver

As always: please discuss in the discussion thread (http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=31494.0). Thank you.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 05/20/2014 06:18 PM
French Space Minister Open to Ariane 6 Design Changes

http://www.spacenews.com/article/launch-report/40626french-space-minister-open-to-ariane-6-design-changes (http://www.spacenews.com/article/launch-report/40626french-space-minister-open-to-ariane-6-design-changes)

As always: please discuss in the discussion thread (http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=31494.0). Thank you.

Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 05/22/2014 08:10 PM
Germany’s Budget Straitjacket Complicates Europe's Ariane Funding Outlook

http://www.spacenews.com/article/launch-report/40655germany%E2%80%99s-budget-straitjacket-complicates-europes-ariane-funding-outlook (http://www.spacenews.com/article/launch-report/40655germany%E2%80%99s-budget-straitjacket-complicates-europes-ariane-funding-outlook)

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Germany has informed the European Space Agency that German spending on launch vehicles will remain flat for the next decade, a decision that complicates the agency’s already difficult attempt to secure funding and design consensus for a new-generation Ariane rocket. Because of Germany’s weight in any realistic rocket-funding scenario in Europe, the German decision means the 20-nation ESA will be limited to an annual launcher budget of around 850 million euros ($1.2 billion) per year between 2015 and 2024.

As always: discussion in the discussion thread please. Thank you.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 06/30/2014 07:09 PM
Airbus, Safran Surprise ESA with Last-minute Ariane 6 Design

http://www.spacenews.com/article/launch-report/41093airbus-safran-surprise-esa-with-last-minute-ariane-6-design (http://www.spacenews.com/article/launch-report/41093airbus-safran-surprise-esa-with-last-minute-ariane-6-design)

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A European Space Agency bid-evaluation team is expected to deliver its judgment by July 5 on two different designs for a next-generation Ariane 6 rocket — one it has been examining for about a year, and another it only discovered June 18.

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Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: spacejulien on 07/02/2014 07:16 PM
I think we should also link this: http://www.safran-group.com/site-safran-en/press-media/media-section/article/safran-airbus-group-launcher?14008 (http://www.safran-group.com/site-safran-en/press-media/media-section/article/safran-airbus-group-launcher?14008)

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What do Airbus Group and Safran recommend for Europe’s future Ariane 6 launcher?

We’re ready to propose to the European Space Agency (ESA) two versions of this launcher, called Ariane 6.1 and 6.2. Each of these versions will comprise a solid-propellant first stage, with two P145 boosters, and a new central stage derived from the current stage and using the Vulcain 2 cryogenic engine developed by Snecma, at optimized cost. The difference between the two versions is in the upper stage: Ariane 6.1 will be based on the Vinci engine (also developed by Snecma), as on the Ariane 5 ME (Midlife Evolution), while the Ariane 6.2 upper stage would be powered by an Aestus engine (developed by Airbus Defence and Space, formerly Astrium), as on the Ariane 5ES*.

Ariane 6.1 would be able to boost up to 8.5 metric tons into geostationary transfer orbit (GTO), making it possible to launch two satellites that weigh up to four metric tons and use electric propulsion – reflecting a major market trend over the past two years. Ariane 6.2 would be intended mainly for smaller satellites, especially those launched by governments.
We believe that this configuration would reduce the development efforts needed for Ariane 6, while still meeting the cost and performance objectives stipulated by ESA. Furthermore, it would provide the modularity requested by customers, and would also offer synergies with the entire family of European launchers, including Vega.

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Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: spacejulien on 07/02/2014 08:31 PM
And this: http://www.spacenews.com/article/launch-report/41117airbus-defends-springing-last-minute-ariane-6-design-on-esa (http://www.spacenews.com/article/launch-report/41117airbus-defends-springing-last-minute-ariane-6-design-on-esa)

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Airbus Defends Springing Last-minute Ariane 6 Design on ESA

One industry official conceded that the new version’s commercial variant, to carry up to 8,500 kilograms into geostationary transfer orbit for telecommunications satellites, would cost around 100 million euros per launch instead of the 70 million euros that ESA and CNES had sought in their design.

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Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: spacejulien on 07/07/2014 07:21 AM
This image is worth being recorded also in this update thread:
So I stumbled upon this neat little article:
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-28166626
It features concepts for the Safran/Airbus-proposed A6 versions (attached).
Discussion of the image (as already ongoing) in the discussion thread (http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=31494.0).
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: DT1 on 07/30/2014 10:36 PM
Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA Director General, said last night during the speeches after the VA219 flight, that a joint proposal for future launchers will be made by ESA, the space agencies and industry before the 15th September, 2014.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Star One on 07/30/2014 10:41 PM

Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA Director General, said last night during the speeches after the VA219 flight, that a joint proposal for future launchers will be made by ESA, the space agencies and industry before the 15th September, 2014.

I want see ESA show some further support for SKYLON.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Oli on 09/05/2014 06:10 PM
Latest proposal...

75m for 6.2 and 90m for 6.4.

http://www.lefigaro.fr/sciences/2014/09/05/01008-20140905ARTFIG00351-ariane-6-la-version-de-la-derniere-chance.php
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: gosnold on 09/05/2014 08:08 PM
Additional details from Spacenews
http://www.spacenews.com/article/launch-report/41770esa-ministerial-in-doubt-as-france-germany-remain-far-apart-on-future (http://www.spacenews.com/article/launch-report/41770esa-ministerial-in-doubt-as-france-germany-remain-far-apart-on-future)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 09/25/2014 05:37 AM
Latest Ariane 6 design proposal requires new launchpad


http://www.spacenews.com/article/launch-report/41978esa%E2%80%99s-ariane-6-cost-estimate-rises-with-addition-of-new-launch-pad


As always, discuss in the discussion thread. Thank you.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: bolun on 10/16/2014 08:52 AM
http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Launchers/Launch_vehicles/Ariane_6/

Ariane 6 (Updated article)

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Ariane 6 objectives and main missions

The overarching aim of Ariane 6 is to provide guaranteed access to space for Europe at a competitive price without requiring public sector support for exploitation.

Different concepts have been examined for Ariane 6 such as single- and dual-payloads, solid or cryogenic propulsion for the main stage, and the number of stages (three or more), all to cover a wide range of missions:

- GEO, either directly or through intermediate orbits, in particular GTO and LEO,
- Polar/SSO,
- MEO or MTO,
- other.

The targeted payload performance of Ariane 6 is 4.5 t for polar/Sun-synchronous orbit missions at 800 km altitude and 3–10 t, with two main segments (3.5-5 t and 6–6.5 t) in GTO-equivalent.

The exploitation cost of the Ariane 6 launch system is its key driver. The first flight is targeted for 2020.
 
Ariane 6 concepts

Configurations that maximise commonalities between the rockets’ stages, and flexibility for adapting to an evolving commercial market, are considered more likely to lead to a competitive launch service price.

Ariane 6 is a modular three-stage launcher (solid–cryogenic–cryogenic) with two configurations using: four boosters (A64) or two boosters (A62).

This is based on:

- A main stage containing liquid oxygen and hydrogen based on the Vulcain engine of Ariane 5 ECA and ME;
- Two or four P120 solid rocket boosters, which will be common with Vega-C (an evolution of the current Vega launcher);
- A cryogenic upper stage (LOX/LH2) propelled by a Vinci engine, based on the A5ME upper stage, with limited adaptations.

Ariane 6 in its A62 or A64 configuration is deemed the best possible long-term solution to maintain competences in Europe and deliver launch services against competitive costs.

Ariane 6 will have reignition capability and will be capable of performing a direct deorbiting and controlled reentry of the upper stage.

Flexibility is a design characteristic for A64 and A62. In essence it is the same launcher, responding to different market needs by varying the number of boosters in the configuration.

The A62, with two P120 solid boosters, will be used mainly in single-launch configurations, while the A64 – with four P120 solids – will enable double launch of medium-class satellites up to 4.5–5 t, mainly for commercial market needs.

The main characteristics of the Ariane 6 concept are:

- The total length of the vehicle is around 63 m,
- The loading of the cryogenic main stage is about 149 tonnes of propellants,
- The external diameter of the cryogenic main stage is about 4.6 m.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: bolun on 10/16/2014 08:55 AM
Ariane 62 configuration

The Ariane 62, with two P120 solid boosters, will be used mainly in single-launch configurations.

http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2014/10/Ariane_62_configuration

Image credit: ESA
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 11/07/2014 07:54 AM
To Win Over Germany, ESA Maps out How Ariane 6 Would Save Everyone Money

http://www.spacenews.com/article/launch-report/42472to-win-over-germany-esa-maps-out-how-ariane-6-would-save-everyone-money

Quote from: Peter B. de Selding
The European Space Agency is proposing to inject 8 billion euros ($10 billion) into Europe’s launch sector over 10 years starting in 2015, including some 4.3 billion euros on a new Ariane 6 rocket, on the basis of a contract arrangement with industry in which ESA guarantees five government missions per year and, in return, industry fends for itself on the wider commercial market.

As always, please discuss in the discussion thread (http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=31494.0). Thank you.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: hektor on 11/07/2014 12:02 PM
Nice link at the bottom of the article

Answers to Questions of Germany (http://www.spacenewsinc.com/pdf/dordain.pdf)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 11/07/2014 07:11 PM
Nice link at the bottom of the article

Answers to Questions of Germany (http://www.spacenewsinc.com/pdf/dordain.pdf)
And already removed. Did anyone save a copy? If yes, please post it here. Thank you.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: baldusi on 11/07/2014 07:25 PM
Nice link at the bottom of the article

Answers to Questions of Germany (http://www.spacenewsinc.com/pdf/dordain.pdf)
And already removed. Did anyone save a copy? If yes, please post it here. Thank you.
I had to print my cached copy. But here it is.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Nicolas PILLET on 11/07/2014 07:27 PM
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: simpl simon on 11/07/2014 07:40 PM
Nice link at the bottom of the article

Answers to Questions of Germany (http://www.spacenewsinc.com/pdf/dordain.pdf)
And already removed. Did anyone save a copy? If yes, please post it here. Thank you.

It is still there. Scroll down to the bottom of the page.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: DT1 on 11/14/2014 05:20 PM
http://m.lesechos.fr/redirect_article.php?id=0203931475953&fw=1

http://m.lesechos.fr/monde/ariane-6-paris-et-berlin-ont-trouve-un-compromis-0203935766702.htm

Compromise was found yesterday in Cologne:
Arian 5 ME is dead. Ariane 6 will be built with verfication points in the process every two years. OHB has been guaranteed an important role in the solids of Ariane 6.

Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 11/14/2014 09:19 PM
http://m.lesechos.fr/redirect_article.php?id=0203931475953&fw=1 (http://m.lesechos.fr/redirect_article.php?id=0203931475953&fw=1)

http://m.lesechos.fr/monde/ariane-6-paris-et-berlin-ont-trouve-un-compromis-0203935766702.htm (http://m.lesechos.fr/monde/ariane-6-paris-et-berlin-ont-trouve-un-compromis-0203935766702.htm)

Compromise was found yesterday in Cologne:
Arian 5 ME is dead. Ariane 6 will be built with verfication points in the process every two years. OHB has been guaranteed an important role in the solids of Ariane 6.



As always: please discuss in the discussion thread (http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=31494.0). Thank you.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 11/17/2014 05:25 PM
Spacenews now confirms that Ariane 5 ME is no longer and all balls will be on Ariane 6.

http://www.spacenews.com/article/launch-report/42574germany-agrees-to-forgo-ariane-5-upgrade-in-favor-of-next-generation (http://www.spacenews.com/article/launch-report/42574germany-agrees-to-forgo-ariane-5-upgrade-in-favor-of-next-generation)

Quote from: Peter B. de Selding
The German government has agreed to drop its demand that Europe develop a long-planned upgrade of today’s Ariane 5 rocket and instead proceed with a new-generation Ariane 6 that borrows heavily on Ariane 5 technology, Germany’s space minister said.

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Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 06/25/2015 01:28 PM
Ariane 6 rockets to be assembled horizontally

http://spaceflightnow.com/2015/06/24/ariane-6-rockets-to-be-assembled-horizontally/ (http://spaceflightnow.com/2015/06/24/ariane-6-rockets-to-be-assembled-horizontally/)

Quote from: Stephen Clark
Astrid Emerit, a spokesperson for Ariane 6 contractor Airbus Safran Launchers, confirmed the horizontal rocket assembly plan.

As always, please discuss in the discussion thread (http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=31494.0). Thank you.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: MikeAtkinson on 06/25/2015 01:34 PM
OneWeb have options for 3 Ariane 6 launches

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Arianespace ‏@Arianespace  1h1 hour ago
#OneWeb contract covers 21 #Soyuz launches, plus options for five more with the medium-lift workhorse and three using the next-gen #Ariane6
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Alpha_Centauri on 07/18/2015 11:28 AM
ESA Approval Paves Way for Ariane 6, Vega-Contracts

http://spacenews.com/esa-approval-paves-way-for-ariane-6-vega-contracts/

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The European Space Agency on July 16 approved nearly 4.2 billion euros ($4.6 billion) in contracts to design and build Europe’s next-generation Ariane 6 rocket, the associated launch base and a more-powerful version of the current Vega small-satellite launcher.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Chris Bergin on 08/12/2015 10:25 AM
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.

“They are an important change of governance in the European launcher sector, with industry being the design authority and taking full responsibility in the development and exploitation of the launchers, and committing to deliver them to ESA and the European institutional actors at specified competitive prices.”

ESA is overseeing procurement and the architecture of the overall launch systems, while industry is developing the rockets, with ASL as prime contractor and design authority for Ariane 6, and ELV for Vega C.

ASL and ELV are working closely together on the P120C solid-propellant motor that will form Vega C’s first stage and Ariane’s strap-on boosters.

Ariane’s modular approach will offer either two boosters (Ariane 62) or four boosters (Ariane 64), depending on the required performance.

The site of the launch pad for Ariane 6 at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana has been chosen, and prime contractor CNES is already excavating the site. The new complex will also include facilities for preparing the launcher.

The three contracts follow the decision taken at the ESA Council meeting at Ministerial level held in Luxemburg in December 2014 to maintain Europe’s leadership in the fast-changing commercial launch service market while responding to the needs of European institutional missions.

 “With the signing of these contracts we are on track on building a new family of launchers featuring common building blocks, in line with the decisions and schedule set at the Ministerial Meeting in 2014,” said Gaele Winters, ESA’s Director of Launchers

The contracts were signed by Gaele Winters, ESA’s Director of Launchers; Jean-Yves Le Gall, President of CNES; Alain Charmeau, CEO/President of ASL; and Pierluigi Pirrelli, CEO of ELV.

The contract amounts are: €2400 million for Ariane 6 (ASL), €600 million for the launch base (CNES) and €395 million for Vega C (ELV).

About the European Space Agency

The European Space Agency (ESA) provides Europe’s gateway to space.

ESA is an intergovernmental organisation, created in 1975, with the mission to shape the development of Europe's space capability and ensure that investment in space delivers benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

ESA has 20 Member States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, of whom 18 are Member States of the EU. Two other Member States of the EU, Hungary and Estonia, have signed Accession Agreements to the ESA Convention and will soon become new ESA Member States.

ESA has established formal cooperation with seven Member States of the EU. Canada takes part in some ESA programmes under a Cooperation Agreement.

ESA is also working with the EU on implementing the Galileo and Copernicus programmes.

By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, ESA can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.

ESA develops the launchers, spacecraft and ground facilities needed to keep Europe at the forefront of global space activities.

Today, it develops and launches satellites for Earth observation, navigation, telecommunications and astronomy, sends probes to the far reaches of the Solar System and cooperates in the human exploration of space.

Learn more about ESA at www.esa.int
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Oli on 08/12/2015 02:10 PM

Picture of Vega C and Ariane 6 under the same link.

Looks like Vega C will get a new 2nd stage in addition to a new 1st stage. Plus a huge fairing.

Ariane 6's boosters look fatter than in earlier renderings. Probably larger diameter and shorter.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Alpha_Centauri on 08/12/2015 03:16 PM
Vega C is; P120, Z40, Z9, and an AVUM with more propellant.

Ariane 6 looks the same as before to me.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Chris Bergin on 08/12/2015 04:25 PM
Blooding a new writer, Peter Monier....who is going to be working at the space base over there, so that'll be cool. This is obviously just the release, but a milestone we need to cover.

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2015/08/ariane-6-upgraded-into-development-phase/
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Jester on 08/12/2015 04:30 PM
Good story, minor nit, Arianespace through Starsem has some experience integrating horizontally, but that's Baikonur, not Kourou ;-)
 
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Chris Bergin on 08/12/2015 04:48 PM
I'll do the honors ;D



As always, please discuss in the discussion thread (http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=31494.0). Thank you.

Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 08/12/2015 04:54 PM
Good story, minor nit, Arianespace through Starsem has some experience integrating horizontally, but that's Baikonur, not Kourou ;-)
 
Concur: good story.
Another minor nit: the first image of the article is of the older, all-solid, version of Ariane 6. This PPH configuration is now no longer applicable, so it might be a good idea to replace that image.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Oli on 08/13/2015 08:51 AM
Good story, minor nit, Arianespace through Starsem has some experience integrating horizontally, but that's Baikonur, not Kourou ;-)
 
Concur: good story.
Another minor nit: the first image of the article is of the older, all-solid, version of Ariane 6. This PPH configuration is now no longer applicable, so it might be a good idea to replace that image.

Yeah at least NSF should get that right.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: jacqmans on 08/13/2015 10:51 AM
Ariane 6 and Vega C evolution developement contracts signatures
 
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, on 12 August 2015.

From left to right: Alain Charmeau, CEO/President of ASL; Pierluigi Pirrelli, CEO of ELV; Jan Woerner, ESA Director General; Gaele Winters, ESA’s Director of Launchers; and Jean-Yves Le Gall, President of CNES.

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.

ESA is overseeing procurement and the architecture of the overall launch systems, while industry is developing the rockets, with ASL as prime contractor and design authority for Ariane 6, and ELV for Vega C.

ASL and ELV are working closely together on the P120C solid-propellant motor that will form Vega C’s first stage and Ariane’s strap-on boosters.

Ariane’s modular approach will offer either two boosters (Ariane 62) or four boosters (Ariane 64), depending on the required performance.

The site of the launch pad for Ariane 6 at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana has been chosen, and prime contractor CNES is already excavating the site. The new complex will also include facilities for preparing the launcher.

The three contracts follow the decision taken at the ESA Council meeting at Ministerial level held in Luxemburg in December 2014 to maintain Europe’s leadership in the fast-changing commercial launch service market while responding to the needs of European institutional missions.

The contract amounts are: €2400 million for Ariane 6 (ASL), €600 million for the launch base (CNES) and €395 million for Vega C (ELV).

Credit: ESA–N. Imbert-Vier, 2015
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Oli on 11/08/2015 05:24 AM
Looks like there's a new version. No comment :)

Source: http://www.airbusafran-launchers.com/
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: bolun on 11/18/2015 08:39 PM
More pics.

http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2015/11/Artist_s_view_of_the_Ariane_6_four_boosters_configuration_A643

http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2015/11/Artist_s_view_of_the_Ariane_6_four_boosters_configuration_A642

http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2015/11/Artist_s_view_of_the_Ariane_6_four_boosters_configuration_A64

Credits: ESA–David Ducros, 2015
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: bolun on 11/18/2015 08:48 PM
http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2015/11/Artist_s_view_of_the_two_configurations_of_Ariane_6

http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2015/11/Exploded_artist_s_view_of_the_two_configurations_of_Ariane_6

Credits: ESA–David Ducros, 2015
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 11/19/2015 07:38 AM
Two more, via CNES.

Credits: CNES/ESA/David Ducros, 2015
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: WBY1984 on 11/19/2015 07:40 AM
Looks positively Russian in these views  :)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: bolun on 03/11/2016 08:04 AM
Artist's view of the two configurations of Ariane 6

Artist's view of the two configurations of Ariane 6 using two boosters (A62) or four boosters (A64).

ESA and European industry are currently developing a new-generation launcher: Ariane 6. This follows the decision taken at the ESA Council meeting at Ministerial level in December 2014, to maintain Europe’s leadership in the fast-changing commercial launch service market while responding to the needs of European institutional missions.

This move is associated with a change in the governance of the European launcher sector, based on a sharing of responsibility, cost and risk by ESA and industry.

The participating states are: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2016/03/Artist_s_view_of_the_two_configurations_of_Ariane_6
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Bynaus on 04/06/2016 04:08 PM
PBDeS: "Airbus Safran Launchers Ariane 6 chief Patrick Bonguet: Ariane 6 will lift 2X the mass & 2X the volume of SpaceX Falcon 9 at < 2X the price."

https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/717705991714902016

Also: http://spacenews.com/ariane-6-rocket-designers-say-theyll-match-or-beat-todays-spacex-prices-on-per-kilogram-basis/

Seems like a tall order, or how do they get these numbers? Payload to GTO for Ariane 6 is 5 or 11 tons (62 and 64, respectively). I get double the mass (11 vs 6) and volume, but <2 the price? Even if it's on a per kg basis, 90 M$/11 tons is 8000 $/kg, whereas 60 M$/6 tons is 10000 $/kg.

(Edit: sorry if that is not news enough for the update thread, feel free to move)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: TrevorMonty on 04/06/2016 04:32 PM
Patrick said twice payload for less than twice price (per launch) which is cheaper per kg which your calculations confirm for F9 V1.1.

The F9 FT is likely to match or better the $8000/kg. More importantly it can do it on single payload with wider payload mass range as F9R can fly lighter satellites for same $/kg.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Alpha_Centauri on 04/06/2016 06:01 PM
10.5 tonnes is ~twice Falcons 9's 5.3 (don't know where you are getting 6 from).  The 10.5 tonne Ariane 6 is supposed to cost ~€90m or on current prices just over $100m, which is less than twice the current ~$60m of Falcon 9.  So the claim is perfectly correct, the question is the delivery.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: edkyle99 on 04/06/2016 06:16 PM
Keep in mind that the advertised Falcon 9 GTO payload is not a direct comparison to the Ariane 6 GTO payload, since Ariane 6 specifies GEO -1,500 m/s ish versus Falcon 9's GEO - 1,800 m/s ish.  Subtract a tonne or so from Falcon 9 payload to directly compare.  There's even a chance that Airbus Safran is talking about the advertised Falcon Heavy GTO payload, which is 6.4 tonnes.

 - Ed Kyle
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 04/06/2016 08:01 PM
Remember, this is the UPDATES thread. There is a dedicated DISCUSSION thread. (http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=31494.0) Please take your discussions over there. Thank you.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: RonM on 04/08/2016 03:35 AM
BBC article "Ariane 6 project 'in good shape'"

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-35983735

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The dream is moving to reality. That was the message from European Space Agency boss, Jan Woerner, on Wednesday as he discussed the Ariane 6 rocket.

The director general was touring the Airbus Safran Launchers facilities at Les Mureaux, France, where much of the future vehicle will be integrated.

Reporters were shown the progress being made towards a 2020 maiden flight.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Rik ISS-fan on 04/13/2016 09:51 PM
Esa updated there Ariane 6 (http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Launchers/Launch_vehicles/Ariane_6) page with new images and data.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: _INTER_ on 05/03/2016 04:07 PM
SpaceX recently estimated pricing (http://spacenews.com/spacexs-new-price-chart-illustrates-performance-cost-of-reusability/) and if both estimates turn out to be correct:

FalconArian 62Falcon HeavyAriane 64
Prize| $62M| $86.2M| $90M| $103.5M
GTO| 8'300kg| 5'000kg| 22'200kg| 10'500kg

... what's the advantage of this new rocket, except when SpaceX is fully booked? As someone with no deeper understanding, it looks ridiculous.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: chapi on 05/03/2016 05:12 PM
Actually the Falcon Heavy price tag is related to a 8000kg GTO launch and the Falcon 9 one for a 5500 kg one.

GTO orbit are also slightly better from Kourou than from KSC.

But still, your question remains.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Mike Jones on 05/03/2016 07:35 PM
2 satellites will be launched on Ariane 64, so with this pricing Ariane 6 would be much cheaper than today's Falcon 9 spaceX with twice more performance. The big question mark is to anticipate prices from SpaceX in 2020. Ariane 62 Will only replace Euro Soyuz for institutional missions from ESA/EU at a similar price tag
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 05/04/2016 10:22 AM
None of the above three posts are updates. We have a discussion thread for those. (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=31494.0) This thread is for updates only.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Rik ISS-fan on 05/05/2016 09:15 AM
I found  this (http://www.newsr.in/video/20160503/4386674/European-new-space-launcher-Vega-already-operative.htm) video, filmed when Jan Wörner visited the AVIO (Italy) factory.
You can see the production proces taking place of  P120C test casing.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Rik ISS-fan on 05/13/2016 09:51 AM
Two new press releases on ASL's page (http://www.airbusafran-launchers.com/):
- 2-May: Agreement signed for ASL joint venture (http://www.airbusafran-launchers.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/PR-Airbus-Safran-signing-Joint-Venture-va-def.pdf).
- 12-May: Vince is going to be tested at DLR Lampoldshausen (http://www.airbusafran-launchers.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/VINCI-Test-LAM_EN.pdf).

edit: I just noticed new images an a video of Vince at the Media libary. (bottom of the ASL page).

Edit2: Video from ELA-4.
video ELA-4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbG3uHtzZcA)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Rik ISS-fan on 05/17/2016 10:56 PM
Three new articles were published about Arianespace launchers.
Spaceflight Insider: Ariane 6 and Vega C boosters to secure Europe’s autonomous access to space (http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/organizations/esa/ariane-6-vega-c-boosters-secure-europe-access-space/)

Space News: ESA assures Italy, Avio that Vega won’t be short-changed by Airbus Safran Launchers (http://spacenews.com/esa-assures-italy-and-avio-that-vega-wont-be-short-changed-by-airbus-safran-launchers/)

ESA: ANALYSING THE IMPACTS OF BOTH THE ARIANE 5 AND VEGA PROGRAMME (http://www.esa.int/About_Us/Business_with_ESA/Space_economy/Analysing_the_impacts_of_both_the_Ariane_5_and_Vega_programme)
With the study report here  (http://esamultimedia.esa.int/docs/business_with_esa/EUROPEAN_LAUNCHERS_-50%_cost_reduction_target_and_2.2_GDP_impact.pdf)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: bolun on 05/18/2016 07:50 PM
Ariane 6 is taking shape

18 May 2016

The engine that will power the upper stage of Europe’s next-generation launcher completed its first test last week, demonstrating that Ariane 6 is forging ahead for a 2020 debut.

The DLR German Aerospace Center test facility in Lampoldshausen, Germany allows firings under near-realistic space conditions. The Vinci engine ran for 500 seconds, powered by super-cold liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen and generating 18 tonnes of vacuum thrust.

Running until September, this test campaign is establishing Vinci’s characteristics and allowing engineers to build an accurate computer model.

As a restartable engine, Vinci will offer a wide range of payload combinations and pairing of different types of missions. Direct deorbiting or injection into graveyard orbits once its work is done will help to keep the space environment free of debris.

http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Launchers/Ariane_6_is_taking_shape

Image credit: DLR
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Rik ISS-fan on 05/19/2016 06:30 PM
Tweet from @DutchSpace 15th of May.
https://twitter.com/DutchSpace/status/731903088634810372 (https://twitter.com/DutchSpace/status/731903088634810372)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: npuentes on 05/20/2016 11:49 AM
Tweet from @DutchSpace 15th of May.
https://twitter.com/DutchSpace/status/731903088634810372 (https://twitter.com/DutchSpace/status/731903088634810372)

What are the reasons for not resurrecting ELA-2?
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 05/20/2016 09:25 PM
Tweet from @DutchSpace 15th of May.
https://twitter.com/DutchSpace/status/731903088634810372 (https://twitter.com/DutchSpace/status/731903088634810372)

What are the reasons for not resurrecting ELA-2?
This is the updates thread. We have a separate discussion thread for Ariane 6. (http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=31494.0) I suggest you take your question over there. Thank you.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: DT1 on 05/22/2016 12:12 PM
Two new press releases on ASL's page (http://www.airbusafran-launchers.com/):
- 2-May: Agreement signed for ASL joint venture (http://www.airbusafran-launchers.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/PR-Airbus-Safran-signing-Joint-Venture-va-def.pdf).
- 12-May: Vince is going to be tested at DLR Lampoldshausen (http://www.airbusafran-launchers.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/VINCI-Test-LAM_EN.pdf).

edit: I just noticed new images an a video of Vince at the Media libary. (bottom of the ASL page).



Just a few additonal info:
In the test mentioned above Vinci made a three-ignition test, i.e. it was re-ignited twice. The campaign in Lampoldshausen will also see the first tests with the new fixed nozzle for the Ariane 6 version of Vinci.

And this test was, of course, only the first one in the Ariane 6 program. Vinci has been tested already since 2005 at the ESA test stand P4.1 here in Lampoldshausen in the course of several programs (ESC-B upper stage, FLPP, Ariane 5ME upper stage).
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: jacqmans on 06/03/2016 10:22 AM
Press release, 3 June 2016

New rocket test rig for safe Ariane 6 launches

The future European launcher Ariane 6 will debut in 2020. In order for it to bring all its payloads safely to their orbits, the engines for the new launcher must first be extensively tested. To test the upper stage of the new launcher, a new test rig
will be built at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) site in Lampoldshausen. The Chair of the DLR Executive Board, Pascale Ehrenfreund, and the Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA), Johann-Dietrich
Wörner, signed the contract for the development and construction of the P5.2 test rig for the Ariane launcher programme on 2 June at the International Aerospace Exhibition (ILA) in Berlin. All upper stages can be tested in this test rig – a capability
unique in Europe.

"The Ariane 6 is the future of European space transportation – and DLR is an indispensable partner. Before the first flight of Ariane 6, the upper stage of the new launcher will be put through its paces in Lampoldshausen. With this, DLR assumes responsibility
for the central task of making Ariane 6 as safe as its predecessors," said Ehrenfreund in Berlin. The upper stage of the Ariane 6 will be tested extensively on this new P5.2 test rig at the DLR site in Lampoldshausen. These include fuelling and defuelling
tests and hot running tests for the upper stage. The commissioning is scheduled to begin in 2018.

Commitment to Germany as an aerospace location 

The DLR Space Administration in Bonn lobbied for the new test bench to be built in Lampoldshausen. The German participation in the Ariane 6 programme will be controlled from this location. "Germany will have a 23 percent contribution in the new launcher,
making it the second largest partner after France. We want to participate effectively and contribute our expertise profitably within the European arena. The construction of this test facility in Germany is a clear sign and confirmation of the great
success of our commitment," explains Denis Regenbrecht, responsible for the Ariane 6 programme at the DLR Space Administration.

Extension of the test portfolio at the DLR Lampoldshausen site

The DLR Institute of Space Propulsion is technically responsible for the construction and subsequent operation of the test rig. At the Lampoldshausen site, DLR tests liquid rocket engines of different power classes on behalf of ESA and the European
space industry. "The P5.2 is a major expansion of our test portfolio," explains Stefan Schlechtriem, Head of the DLR Institute of Space Propulsion. "In addition to engines and their components, we will be able to use it to test complete upper stages
in future. This capability is unique in Europe."

Ariane 6 – Europe's future space transportation

The Ariane 6 development programme was approved at the ESA Council at Ministerial Level in December 2014 and signed by 12 member states. With its first launch set for 2020, this European launcher system currently in development is globally competitive
and will guarantee European access to space for ESA Member States. The total launch costs will be reduced by almost 50 percent compared to the Ariane 5. The major contractor for developing the Ariane 6 is the Franco-German company Airbus Safran Launchers
(ASL). Another significant German player in this development is the Augsburg-based company MT Aerospace.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: DT1 on 06/06/2016 07:53 AM
Just as additional information to the press release above:
The bottom image shows the test stand P4.1 where the further above-mentioned Vinci campaign is currently ongoing.
Once the Vinci design is frozen the upper stage can be tested (together with Vinci) on the new test stand P5.2.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Rik ISS-fan on 06/21/2016 06:38 PM
Esa posted a video on it's websit (http://www.esa.int/spaceinvideos/Videos/2016/06/Ariane_6)e and YouTube about Ariane6 with footage of the ELC-4  ELA-4 launch zone.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ul30dN8NOk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ul30dN8NOk)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Rik ISS-fan on 07/12/2016 09:32 PM
CNES awarded the contracts to construct the ELC-4 structures. It was worth 200mln Euro.
200mln Euro contract ELC-4 construction (http://www.eiffage.com/files/live/sites/eiffage/files/pdf/CP%20ELA4%20-%20Ariane%20GB.pdf)

Multiple sources show new renderings of ELC-4:
Aerospatium (https://www.aerospatium.info/contrat-segment-sol-ariane6/)
twitter (https://twitter.com/hashtag/ela4?f=tweets&vertical=default&src=hash) (search ELC-4)

The France forum conquete-spatiale also has an environmental assesment report with details about ELA-4.
Link to site (http://www.forum-conquete-spatiale.fr/t17315p350-les-nouvelles-du-lanceur-ariane-6) (posted 8 Juil 2016 - 22:45); link to report (http://www.guyane.developpement-durable.gouv.fr/IMG/pdf/Annexe_11-2_BIOTOPE_derogation_ELA4_V4.pdf)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Rik ISS-fan on 07/28/2016 09:14 PM
The new Airbus Safran launches (http://www.airbusafran-launchers.com/en) website has a segment with details about Ariane 6 (http://www.airbusafran-launchers.com/en/universe/ariane-6-en/).
A64 will have a takeoff weight of 860mT and can deliver at least 10,5mT to GTO {-12.
A62 will have a takeoff weight of 530mT; it can deliver 5mT to GTO and 7mT to SSO {?800km}
The Solid Rocket Motors are still named P120C.
The core stage is named Lower Liquid Propulsion Module, it will contain 150mT of LOx and LH2, it will be powered by the 1370kN Vulcan 2.1. It will have a burn time of 460 seconds.
The upper stage Upper Liquid Propulsion Module, will contain 30mT of LOx-LH2, powered by the 180kN Vince2 that is re-ignitable and will burn for 900 seconds.

(So the GLOW of both A64 and A62 have increased 30mT)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Oli on 09/08/2016 03:13 PM
Found this nice picture.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: MATTBLAK on 09/08/2016 03:40 PM
They haven't released any Low Earth Orbit payload figures yet? Both for I.S.S. 51 degree orbit and lower inclinations?
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Rik ISS-fan on 09/08/2016 07:07 PM
Nice find Oli that's the most detailed image of Ariane 64 I've seen so far.

Sorry for not paying attention and posting a massage that belongs in the discussion topic.
I've reposted the massage there. Please keep this a update only topic, continue discussions in the other topic.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: MATTBLAK on 09/09/2016 05:45 AM
Comparing the different liftoff masses and thrusts of both Ariane 5 and 6 and their similar specific impulses implies to me that Ariane 6 should have a better payload to LEO ratio, unless I'm very much mistaken. Perhaps as much as 25 metric tons for Ariane 6 versus 21 for Ariane 5. It's going to be interesting to see how eventually far off the mark I am ;)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 09/09/2016 09:23 AM
Two more.

Note that getting rid of (expensive) common bulkheads has significantly increased the overall height of A6.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: MATTBLAK on 09/09/2016 11:07 AM
I like that Ariane family side-by-side. The 'rocket Lego' guy in me imagines a stretched A6 corestage and longer strap-on solids for an Ariane 6 derivative that can assemble basic manned lunar missions in pairs of launches...

...Or 8x stretched solids ;) But that is another story for another time... :)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Svetoslav on 09/09/2016 11:26 AM
This rocket reminds me of Proton. If only I could forget the non-detachable boosters and hypergolics :)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: pippin on 09/09/2016 11:30 AM
Comparing the different liftoff masses and thrusts of both Ariane 5 and 6 and their similar specific impulses implies to me that Ariane 6 should have a better payload to LEO ratio, unless I'm very much mistaken. Perhaps as much as 25 metric tons for Ariane 6 versus 21 for Ariane 5. It's going to be interesting to see how eventually far off the mark I am ;)

We're not going to see that because there are no LEO payloads in that size class for Ariane 6 to launch.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: MATTBLAK on 09/09/2016 11:46 AM
Yes - pity they're not doing anymore ATVs for the I.S.S. :(

But a manned Lunar program could probably get their juices flowing - we've already seen mission architecture designs elsewhere for 35+plus ton LEO launchers being able to send up a spacecraft on one launcher and an Earth Departure Stage on another to do rendezvous and docking in LEO, then TLI. It's been speculated for Angara 5 and uprated Long March 5's. But that's worthy of a splinter thread to itself! We already know that Europe is interested in a 'Lunar Village' or more accurately, an Outpost.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Hobbes-22 on 09/09/2016 01:14 PM
The discussion thread is over here (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=31494.0)  ;D
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Oli on 09/09/2016 08:14 PM
Found this nice picture.

I think there's a mistake in this picture. It looks like there's a tank underneath the intertank structure of the second stage.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: bolun on 11/05/2016 08:12 AM
Ariane 6 industrial organisation

In 2014, the decision of ESA Council at Ministerial level on the development of Ariane 6 was accompanied by a change in the governance of the European launcher sector, which is now based on a more balanced sharing of responsibility, cost and risk from design to exploitation by ESA and industry.

This gives industry considerably more responsibility in designing the new launcher, managing the industrial organisation, determining the needs of commercial customers and exploiting the product commercially. In turn, industry is required to contribute to the development costs and to increase its accountability in the commercial exploitation.   

The new governance approach will significantly contribute to delivering an Ariane 6 to the launch pad with the same launch capability but at 50% of the cost of the current Ariane 5.

The ESA Member States that contribute to ESA’s Launchers Programme are also involved in the manufacture of Ariane and Vega launchers. They benefit from their investment in the programme through contracts awarded to their space industry.

http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2016/11/Ariane_6_industrial_organisation

Image credit: ESA
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Mike Jones on 11/05/2016 11:07 AM
How can European stakeholders (ESA, Arianespace, ASL, CNES, MT-A and Avio) seriously claim that Ariane 6 will be cost competitive  with such fragmented industrial organization ?
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: kato on 11/05/2016 02:04 PM
Most of those companies belong to each other. Background companies for 90% of that mix are only OHB, Airbus, Safran and Avio - read: the stakeholders you mention.

The only major outside subcontractors are Air Liquide (cryogenics - no surprise, they also deliver all cryogenic propellant for Arianespace launchers), RUAG (fairing - who else do you expect?) and GKN (turbines and Vulcain nozzle - has been on every single Ariane rocket for four decades).
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Mike Jones on 11/05/2016 05:06 PM
It remains far too fragmented among many sites all over Europe each of them which can't be closed for local political reasons. By the way Indirect shareholding links among most of these companies do exist but it does not guarrantee competitve prices from subcontractors in e.g spain or Norway, as each company is in a kind of Monopoly for its specific component and protected by ESA Geographic return rules.

If you draw the same graph for Falcon or Proton, the picture would be much simpler... hence the lower prices ...
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 11/05/2016 05:43 PM
Excuse me folks. This is the UPDATES thread.

There is a separate thread for discussing any news and/or developments regarding Ariane 6. (http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=31494.0)

Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: bolun on 11/11/2016 02:01 PM
http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Launchers/Ariane_6_on_track

Ariane 6 on track

Quote
After a programme review completed in September, ESA is now in a position to proceed with the full development of its Ariane 6 and Vega C launch vehicles.

Today, the riders to the contracts awarded in August 2015 were signed at ESA headquarters in Paris, France. This confirms the timely continuation of the preparation of Europe’s Ariane 6 and its launch complex.

Quote
The overall value of the contracts is €3 billion. The contract amounts are: €2.4 billion for ASL and €600 million for CNES.

They cover the final full-scale development of Ariane 6 and its launch complex.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: bolun on 11/11/2016 02:03 PM
http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2016/11/Artist_s_view_of_Vega_Vega-C_Ariane_5_ECA_and_the_two_configurations_of_Ariane_6

Artist's view of Vega, Vega-C, Ariane 5 ECA and the two configurations of Ariane 6 using two boosters (A62) or four boosters (A64).

Image credit: ESA–David Ducros, Jacky Huart, 2016
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: bolun on 11/26/2016 02:29 PM
Ariane 6 launch pad

The Ariane 6 launch pad with two symmetric exhaust ducts, four lightning protection masts, and a water tower for deluge systems.

http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2016/11/Ariane_6_launch_pad

Image credit: CNES 2016
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: bolun on 11/26/2016 02:33 PM
Launcher Assembly Building for Ariane 6

Artist's impression of the Ariane 6 Launcher Assembly Building (BAL), a structure 20 m tall, 112 m long and 41 m wide, located 1 km away from the launch zone. It is used for launch vehicle horizontal integration/preparation before rollout to the launch zone.

http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2016/11/Launcher_Assembly_Building_for_Ariane_6

Image credit: CNES 2016
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: bolun on 11/26/2016 02:38 PM
Mobile gantry for Ariane 6

The mobile gantry is a 90 metre-high mobile metallic structure weighing 6000 tonnes when fully equipped, that rolls on rails equipped with platforms to access the appropriate launcher levels for integration on the launch pad. The gantry is moved away just before launch.

(Artist's impression)

http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2016/11/Mobile_gantry_for_Ariane_6

Image credit: CNES 2016
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 11/28/2016 01:42 PM
Quote
Peter B. de Selding ‏@pbdes 6m6 minutes ago

Sweden(1): Liberal Party asks govt to quit Ariane 6 program unless it's made reusable, saying rocket cant compete w/ SpaceX otherwise.
https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/803245890806882304 (https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/803245890806882304)

Quote
Peter B. de Selding ‏@pbdes 3m3 minutes ago

Sweden(2): Space minister Helene Hellmark Knutsson rejects Ariane 6 reusability-now demand, says wont propose it at Dec 1-2 ESA ministerial.
https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/803246667747229696 (https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/803246667747229696)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Rik ISS-fan on 11/28/2016 08:53 PM
Spacenews article: Q&A Avio CEO Ranzo ... (http://spacenews.com/qa-avio-ceo-ranzo-on-sharing-the-pie-with-germany-and-keeping-spacex-from-an-italian-contract/)
About Avio and MT Aerospace sharing the A6 ESR (booster) casing production.
In short All casings produced in Germany are going to be completed at Avio (Italy).
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 11/29/2016 09:44 AM
Spacenews article: Q&A Avio CEO Ranzo ... (http://spacenews.com/qa-avio-ceo-ranzo-on-sharing-the-pie-with-germany-and-keeping-spacex-from-an-italian-contract/)
About Avio and MT Aerospace sharing the A6 ESR (booster) casing production.
In short All casings produced in Germany are going to be completed at Avio (Italy).
More particularly: the work duplicated in Germany is the "simple" portion of the casing production process. The more difficult stuff remains exclusively in Italy.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: DT1 on 12/05/2016 09:14 PM
News about testing Vinci for Ariane 6 in the current DLR magazine
http://www.dlr.de/dlr/en/Portaldata/1/Resources/documents/dlr_magazin_152/DLR_Magazine_151-152_GB.pdf


LAUNCH INTO SPACE WITH A
DOWN-TO-EARTH ATTITUDE

Report on engine test for future space launch vehicle Ariane 6
By Manuela Braun

The first barriers will be set up at 10:45. The Talstrasse, which passes directly below the test
facilities at the DLR site in Lampoldshausen, is now closed to traffic at a distance of about
300 metres. And the traffic light is red at approximately 50 metres from the P4.1 test stand,
built and operated by DLR on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA). A warning sign
dangling on the chain that stretches across the access road to the test stand reads ‘Danger
zone’ in bright red uppercase letters. “When the chain is locked: Life-threatening danger!
Major DLR test underway!” Today, liquid oxygen at a temperature of minus 183 degrees
Celsius and liquid hydrogen at minus 253 degrees Celsius will flow through feed lines, a Vinci
engine will be ignited twice in a vacuum, followed by a two-hour simulated propulsion-free
flight. In doing so, the vibrations that occur in the feed line filled with liquid oxygen will be
dampened as effectively as possible with a newly developed system. All this happens under
the space conditions that the Ariane 6 launch vehicle would endure during a flight – yet it
takes place close to the ground. The P4.1 test stand is the only one in Europe that can maintain
a stable vacuum during a test in which the engine and nozzle can operate as if at an
altitude above 70 kilometres.

Choreography of a test

“The test stand has been cleared.” Bernhard Linseisen puts down the telephone receiver. He is
responsible for ensuring that the strict safety barriers around the test stand are met during the
engine test, and ensures contact between the test director and the safety centre. Only those
who have permission from the test director and express clearance from the safety centre can
remain in the restricted area. Manuel Müller nods and reaches for his ballpoint pen. One more
item checked off the long list of around 1500 that must be completed during today’s test.
Müller is responsible for this chronology today and will therefore be test director Stefan Grunwald’s
right hand. This evening, at approximately 19:00, the last note will be added to the thick
pile of paper and the last item checked off. An engine test follows an elaborate choreography
with many participants who are each responsible for their respective fields. The chronology
ensures that no detail is forgotten and everything falls into place.

Waiting for clearance

The atmosphere in the control room is still relaxed. Since 10:00 this
morning, the engine has been covered with a special protective heat
shield, all equipment and tools from the vacuum chamber in the test
stand have been dismantled, and the heavy door of the vacuum
chamber has been closed. One of the screens in the control room
seems to show nothing – the camera is pointed at a black nozzle in a
pitch-black chamber. Only during the hot run will this screen show
something – the orange-coloured glow of the engine nozzle. While
the last preparations are underway, Grunwald is sitting next door in
the meeting room. Together with his team, he is discussing the last
measured values and the deviations from these values during the final
rehearsal with the client, the company Airbus Safran Launchers (ASL).
Green light for the planned test run will only be given if both parties
– DLR as the test stand operator and ASL as the contracting entity –
agree on the framework conditions for today’s test.

Increase from test run to test run

At 11:30, the time has come: Grunwald attaches the clearance document
to the white board in the control room. “Green light for test
M5R-12” and the signatures of the test director and client are on the
paper. The twelfth test run since April 2016 – and number 108 in
total with a Vinci engine – can begin. After the decision made at the
ESA Council meeting at ministerial level in December 2014 to develop
the Ariane 6 launcher, the previously tested Vinci engines and nozzles
were also changed. Instead of an extendable nozzle, for example, a
shorter, more compact one is now being developed and thoroughly
tested. At the DLR site in Lampoldshausen, the tried and tested P4.1
high-altitude test stand was therefore modified and adapted to the
new development targets. While a hot run without a nozzle was
carried out in the first test in order to keep the risk low, the final
configuration has meanwhile edged a bit closer with each test. Today,
several newly developed components are in the test stand, such as
the engine, the nozzle, liquid-oxygen feed line and valve, as well as a
vibration damping system.
The ‘Go’ is given. Oxygen and hydrogen are now flowing through the
test stand feed lines – it will take between two-and-a-half and three
hours until the test stand and engine have cooled down enough for
the test conditions to be reached. “LH2?” – “Tank pressure control is
running.” “What is the gas composition in the vacuum chamber?”
There is less and less background noise in the control room. Only brief
questions and answers are exchanged. Everyone is now sitting in
position as a specialist for their area and looking at the graphics and
measured values displayed on the screen. At the beginning of the
test, many things are still set manually – important in this case are the
boundary values, and the experience and instinct of the scientist.
Later, the computer will increasingly take over. Approximately 150
sequences with countless lines of code will then ensure that the
processes in the test stand are automatically and precisely executed
– and that the test is stopped if the measured values require it.

Ignite, cool, fly

The engine will run for 600 seconds after the first ignition. Shortly
before that, four steam generators will be ignited that – after a large,
three-metre-diameter flap has connected the vacuum chamber and
high-altitude system – will produce an air pressure of only a few millibars,
almost like a vacuum, in the facility for the duration of the test.
A short 120-second period follows in which the engine is purged and
cooled again before re-igniting for 60 seconds. Then, there is a twohour
‘free flight’, a so-called coast phase in which the upper stage of
the Ariane 6 rocket ‘flies’ without propulsion. The test on P4.1 should
then end with a final cooling of the engine. Approximately 900
sensors installed in the engine and test stand record pressure, temperature
and acceleration levels throughout the test. On this test day,
however, not everything will go as planned.
13:00. “Now it’s getting cold.” Today, Ralf Hupertz is the Supervisor
of the test team. He looks at two screens crammed with data, measured
values and graphics. “Now there is liquid in the lines.” “13:30,
then the next safety barrier,” Grunwald says. Linseisen informs his
colleagues in the safety centre. From this moment, the radius of the
secured zone is drawn even wider than before. The control room is
now cut off from the outside world – only voice communications with
the safety centre and fire brigade remain. It gets even quieter in the
control room. Hardly any words are exchanged across the room.
Rather, everyone is wearing headphones with radio communication.
Separated only by a thin wall, in the control room next door, sits the
team responsible for the steam generator system, which will develop
the necessary vacuum conditions just before engine ignition. The
telephone between test director Stefan Grunwald and ‘chronicler’
Manuel Müller is off the hook. During the hot phase of the test, no
telephone ringing should disturb people’s concentration or the
procedure.

System against damaging vibrations

Before the test run is initiated, the system that is used to induce a
simulated vibration onto the oxygen column within the feed line is
checked once more. In the worst case, such so-called Pogo oscillations
could occur in the resonant frequency range of the rocket. “This
could destroy the entire rocket,” says supervisor Hupertz. Even the
great Saturn V rocket, which later flew the Apollo astronauts to the
Moon, had engine failures due to these vibrations during an
unmanned test flight. The Pogo Suppression Device (PSD), which
should dampen the artificially induced vibrations in the engine above
the LOX turbopump, could later ensure that the Ariane 6 will not
have problems with this.

Delayed start-up

It is just minutes after 14:00. The 20-minute warning is heard from
loudspeakers across the entire site. But it will not be 20 minutes – the
hot run will not start for 25 minutes. The cooling criteria are only
reached after a few additional minutes. On the following day, in the
team session with the client, these deviations will be discussed in
order to set different, optimised conditions for the next test, if necessary.
The cameras now only send images from an abandoned test
stand to the screens. The only people in the immediate vicinity of the
test stand, with the engine ready for ignition, are sitting in the
protected control room. The exchange of questions and answers
starts once again. “Pressure in the vacuum chamber?” “32 millibars”
“Mass spectrometer, close valves for the hot run!” “Closed.”
The steam generators are started. On the screen, the test stand is
cloaked in more and more clouds. A muffled rumbling sound can be
heard from outside. Just a few seconds until the large vacuum control
valve is opened – and the engine can ignite. The countdown clock
over the screens jumps to zero, the engine is running in the vacuum
chamber, and the camera image changes colour – from black to
bright red. “No alarms so far.” The nozzle glows in the hot run for 10
minutes. “OK, engine cut-off,” Grunwald calls. On the screen, the
nozzle slowly darkens again.

Dealing with the unexpected

Just two minutes pass between the first and second ignitions. The
atmosphere in the control room remains tense. “Now the second
ignition ...” Grunwald’s voice is hesitant. If it takes place at all.
The planned second ignition does not happen. All eyes turn to
the measured values. No one can intervene now. Two minutes
pass – the hissing of the steam generators from outside fades and
the white cloud around the test stand slowly dissipates. Even
though the second ignition has failed, the test continues with the
planned free-flight phase and a re-cooling of the engine. It will
take about one and a half hours before the next phase starts
again at the consoles. Meanwhile, in the next room a discussion
about why the planned ignition did not take place is going on. “It
could be, for example, that the parameters for the test sequence
could not be realised for technical reasons,” Grunwald says. “The
analysis of the measured values will show this.”
At 16:35, the next 20-minute warning echoes from the loudspeakers.
Again, the test stand and engine will be cooled and the
steam generators will generate a vacuum. Today’s test will end as
soon as the Vinci engine is ready for a third ignition. Shortly
before the steam generators are supposed to start, a message
from the neighbouring control room comes through the headphones:
“We have a problem with the tank pressurisation.” The
options are clear: The steam generator team could leave the
control room once again and fix the problem on site. But that
would prolong the current coast phase. And it is not certain that
the steam generators will run. The test director nods briefly and
decides with the client: The free-flight phase will be simulated as
planned – should the steam generator not run, this would not be
decisive for the desired measurement data. Finally, the last warning
– the one-minute warning – inundates the site. And the hissing of the
steam generators starts again. “Well, it is working as planned after
all,” murmurs Ralf Hupertz.

Measurement data for the future

Felix Löhr, who is responsible for running of the automatic sequences,
looks at his screen. “LH2 is already cold.” In the chronology, Manuel
Müller is almost on the last page, checking off items, one by one.
“LOX has met two of three cooling criteria.” When the liquid oxygen
has also reached the prescribed temperature, Stefan Grunwald looks
up. “OK, then the test ends here.” The noise of the steam generators
subsides. At 17:18, the main test run is complete. All that remains is
the decommissioning of the individual test stand systems as well as
the reconditioning of the engine, which will take another 1.5 hours.
Thousands of measurement values will be analysed and evaluated on
the following day. ‘After the test’ is immediately ‘before the test’
because each result flows into the next test run. A new Vinci engine
is expected to be installed in the test stand in December 2016 – one
that will be very similar to the engine that the Ariane 6 will launch
with in 2020. The changes that come from the tested development
engine will be based mainly on one thing: today’s results from the
DLR P4.1 test stand.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: DT1 on 12/05/2016 09:21 PM
News about testing Vinci for Ariane 6 in the current DLR magazine
http://www.dlr.de/dlr/en/Portaldata/1/Resources/documents/dlr_magazin_152/DLR_Magazine_151-152_GB.pdf


LAUNCH INTO SPACE WITH A
DOWN-TO-EARTH ATTITUDE

Report on engine test for future space launch vehicle Ariane 6
By Manuela Braun



Images from the article
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: pechisbeque on 12/18/2016 11:23 AM
Silvio answers your questions about Ariane launchers!

Published on Dec 17, 2016
We got lots of questions about Ariane launchers from our followers on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks!

Silvio, Vice President Strategic Partnerships at Airbus Safran Launchers, is going to answer some of them in a video... Let's go!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcjYDAxB_lY (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcjYDAxB_lY)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: bolun on 12/29/2016 11:19 AM
Expander-cycle Technology Integrated Demonstrator

Development of the Expander-cycle Technology Integrated Demonstrator (ETID) began mid-2013. It is a major constituent of the Future Launchers Preparatory Programme (FLPP) and prepares competitive evolutions of upper stage propulsion for Ariane 6 and Vega by assembling technologies that pave the way for the next generation of cryogenic upper stage engines in Europe.

http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2016/11/Expander-cycle_Technology_Integrated_Demonstrator

Image credit: Airbus Defence & Space
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: bolun on 01/20/2017 03:40 PM
http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2017/01/Artist_s_view_of_the_two_configurations_of_Ariane_6

Artist's view of the two configurations of Ariane 6 using two boosters (A62) or four boosters (A64).
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/23/2017 04:27 PM
Airbus Safan send out some quotes. Wrote it up as we don't do enough on Ariane 6, etc:

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2017/01/airbus-safran-ariane-5s-record-ariane-6-production/


--

This was the release today:
http://www.airbusafran-launchers.com/en/airbus-safran-launchers-in-2016-we-keep-our-promises/
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: catdlr on 01/23/2017 08:16 PM
Ariane 6

European Space Agency, ESA

Published on Jan 23, 2017
Decided in Luxemburg by the European Space Agency council meeting at Ministerial level, Ariane 6 is a modular three-stage launcher (solid–cryogenic–cryogenic) with two configurations using: four boosters (A64) or two boosters (A62).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcKL_qR1dXM?t=001

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcKL_qR1dXM
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 01/24/2017 10:39 AM
Wow that is so awesome stuff to see. What a good looking 🚀 😊

Remember, this is the UPDATES thread. Please move any comments, remarks, etc. to the DISCUSSION thread (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=31494.0). Thank you.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 01/27/2017 02:07 PM
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Peter B. de Selding ‏@pbdes  14m14 minutes ago

 MT Aerospace completes Ariane 6 launch pad mechanical structures PDR, part of Oct 2016 EUR 23M contract w/ CNES, Ariane 6 launch pad prime.

https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/824993010949701632 (https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/824993010949701632)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Lsquirrel on 02/14/2017 02:57 AM
http://www.arianespace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Ariane6_Users-Manual_February2017.pdf

ariane 6 users manual
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: russianhalo117 on 02/14/2017 06:37 PM
http://www.arianespace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Ariane6_Users-Manual_February2017.pdf

ariane 6 users manual
This is May 2016 version
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Rik ISS-fan on 03/06/2017 04:03 PM
Avio started production of the first P120C (P142/ESR)
Twitter image (https://twitter.com/astronauticaus/status/836960201475559424)

And @19:30 - 21:15 in the Arianespace Flight VV09 / Sentinel-2B (https://youtube.com/watch?v=yxidc1-N1Ew) launch video
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/08/2017 09:49 PM
Oops, not great news:

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@Arianespace CEO Israel says Ariane 6 will cost 'approx 40% less than Ariane 5.' Used to be a 50% reduction.#SATShow

https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/839593074066141185 (https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/839593074066141185)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: gosnold on 04/01/2017 10:52 AM
Airbus Safran Launchers and French aerospace lab Onera sign an agreement to work jointly on Lox-Methane propulsion and reusable launchers:
http://www.air-cosmos.com/airbus-safran-launchers-et-l-onera-renforcent-leur-cooperation-92523?utm_source=Sociallymap&utm_medium=Sociallymap&utm_campaign=Sociallymap
 (http://www.air-cosmos.com/airbus-safran-launchers-et-l-onera-renforcent-leur-cooperation-92523?utm_source=Sociallymap&utm_medium=Sociallymap&utm_campaign=Sociallymap)

With the recent relaunch of a falcon 9, I'd say it's better late than never. However Ariane 6 might now be obsolete before it has even flown.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 04/06/2017 01:52 PM
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COLORADO SPRINGS — The European Commission will commit to buying at least five Ariane 6 and two Vega C launches per year when both rockets are in operation, Elzbieta Bienkowska, the European Commission’s lead space commissioner, said Wednesday.

http://spacenews.com/european-commission-commits-to-annual-minimums-for-ariane-6-vega-c/ (http://spacenews.com/european-commission-commits-to-annual-minimums-for-ariane-6-vega-c/)

Article also includes:

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“We observe very closely the ongoing revolution in the launcher market, especially here in the United States, around the principle of reusability,” she said. “Europe’s answer is the development of the next-generation of cost effective, reliable and competitive European launchers: Ariane 6 and Vega C.”
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 04/16/2017 06:34 AM
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Ariane 6's first flight is planned for 2020! But we're already building the plant where we'll assemble the launcher's main stage!

https://twitter.com/aslaunchers/status/853251788593664001 (https://twitter.com/aslaunchers/status/853251788593664001)

There's a time lapse video with the tweet but seems to be just groundworks at this point.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 06/15/2017 07:42 AM
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AirbusSafranLaunchers #ArianeGroup signs EUR 170M Ariane 6 tank/structures contract w/ #OHB's MT Aerospace. 12/yr production capacity.

https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/875224644399374336 (https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/875224644399374336)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 06/20/2017 05:57 PM
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Both #Ariane6 Vulcain (VUAB) and Vinci (VITF) engine thrust frames will be made by @AirbusDS_NL in Oegstgeest, NL contract signed at #PAS17

https://twitter.com/dutchspace/status/877219383466237952 (https://twitter.com/dutchspace/status/877219383466237952)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 06/21/2017 06:29 AM
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Both #Ariane6 Vulcain (VUAB) and Vinci (VITF) engine thrust frames will be made by @AirbusDS_NL in Oegstgeest, NL contract signed at #PAS17

https://twitter.com/dutchspace/status/877219383466237952 (https://twitter.com/dutchspace/status/877219383466237952)

Note: this is the same Airbus subsidiary that also constructs the engine frame for stage 1 of Ariane 5, the 1/2 interstage for Vega and has constructed the 1/2 and 2/3 interstages for Ariane 1 thru 4.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 06/21/2017 08:32 AM
This is a SpaceX fairing, not an Ariane 6 item.

(http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=31484.0;attach=1434279;image)

Que? You got your threads mixed-up Hobbes?
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Hobbes-22 on 06/21/2017 11:28 AM
my apologies, there was a cache issue on my browser, so the 3rd image in FutureSpaceTourist's post showed up as a photo of a recovered F9 fairing for me.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: calapine on 06/21/2017 08:48 PM
ArianeGroup silently upgraded the Ariane 6  ;)

On the their website the payload performanc is now listed as "up to 12 tons to GTO"

https://www.ariane.group/en/commercial-launch-services/ariane-6/
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: calapine on 06/21/2017 11:10 PM
The Materials Testing Institute University of Stuttgart received a tech demonstrator of the P120C booster for Ariane 6.

Diameter 3.5 meters, height 6 meters. It will be filled with 56,000 liters water and then pressure tested to destruction.

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The Technology Demonstrator

The European Space Agency (ESA) is developing a new-generation launcher, Ariane 6, and the Materials Testing Institute University of Stuttgart will contribute its part. The key verification test of the future solid-rocket booster – based on fiber composite for the first time – will be performed in our 32 meters deep inspection shaft.

Verification test Ariane 6

The verification test is supposed to reassure that the new-generation booster will meet the requirements of a rocket launch. It is devided in two parts. After the booster has been filled with water, two different pressure levels are generated in the first part and the measured values are recorded. In the second part, the water pressure is gradually increased until the test specimen fails.
Before the actual verification test can take place, some preparations have to be made. To analyze the material and component behavior in detail a lot of measurement instrumentation is needed.

More at: http://www.mpa.uni-stuttgart.de/ariane/index.en.html

Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 06/22/2017 07:56 PM
Quote
Full thrust on Europe's new Ariane 6 rocket
Jonathan Amos
Science correspondent

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-40366736 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-40366736)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Rik ISS-fan on 06/23/2017 12:05 AM
As written crosspost from the discussion topic.
Today at the ESA pavilion at the Paris Airshow, there was a live roundtable discussion about the fixed institutional procurement of launches from Arianespace. Link to video (http://www.esa.int/spaceinvideos/Videos/2017/06/Round_table_on_the_role_of_European_institutions_in_the_exploitation_of_Ariane_6_and_Vega-C)
The participents were representatives of: the EU, ESA, France, Germany & Italy, EUMETSAT and Arianespace.

Discussions belong in the discussion threat.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 06/23/2017 08:48 AM
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20 06 2017 AEROSPACE
GKN DELIVERS REVOLUTIONARY ARIANE 6 NOZZLE TO AIRBUS SAFRAN LAUNCHERS

- First nozzle in flight configuration with laser-welded technology and additively manufactured structures
- 90% reduction of component parts, 40% reduction of costs and 30% reduction of production time
- Dedicated manufacturing center of excellence to be opened  in Trollhättan, Sweden in 2018

GKN Aerospace has delivered the first advanced Ariane 6 nozzle (SWAN) to Airbus Safran Launchers in France for the Vulcain 2.1 engine. The new state of the art nozzle, which measures 2.5m in diameter incorporates innovative technologies with higher performance, lower lead times and substantial cost reduction. Large scale use of laser welding and laser metal deposition (additive manufacturing) for key structural features resulted in 90% reduction of component parts, taking it down from approximately 1000 parts to 100 parts. A demonstrator nozzle has already been successfully trialled in a full-scale engine nozzle test as part of the European Space Agency’s Ariane  Research and Technology Accompaniment (ARTA) Program. Now the flight configuration nozzle will be mounted in France to the Vulcain 2.1 engine for a test in Germany. The Ariane 6 is scheduled to enter service in 2020. Airbus Safran Launchers is the prime contractor and GKN’s customer in this development program funded by the European Space Agency.

GKN Aerospace will manufacture the nozzle in a new highly automated manufacturing centre in its facility in Trollhättan, Sweden, which is scheduled to open in 2018.

In total GKN Aerospace will provide five complex sub-systems for each Ariane 6 rocket, including four turbine assemblies for the two engines, generating power for the hydrogen and oxygen fuel systems.

Sebastien Aknouche General Manager Space, GKN Aerospace Engine Systems said:

“We are proud to be part of the Ariane 6 team. The advanced nozzle manufactured with breakthrough technologies is a true innovation. With the support of the Swedish National Space Board, we participated in the initial engine demonstrator programs. This allowed us to work with our customer to prove the great added value that innovative technologies like additive manufacturing have for the design and production processes in the space and aerospace industry.”

GKN Aerospace’s Space business unit, in Trollhättan, Sweden, has been active in the Ariane program from its inception in 1974 and has made over 1,000 combustion chambers and nozzles as well as over 250 turbines for the Ariane rocket to date. Today it is the European centre of excellence for turbines and metallic nozzles, having contributed to the programme at every stage of initial research and development through cooperation with academia to the serial production.

http://www.gkn.com/en/newsroom/news-releases/aerospace/2017/gkn-delivers-revolutionary-ariane-6-nozzle-to-airbus-safran-launchers/ (http://www.gkn.com/en/newsroom/news-releases/aerospace/2017/gkn-delivers-revolutionary-ariane-6-nozzle-to-airbus-safran-launchers/)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Bynaus on 06/23/2017 12:14 PM
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- 90% reduction of component parts, 40% reduction of costs and 30% reduction of production time

That's good news. Which is the share of the total Ariane 5 cost is due to the Vulcain 2 currently?

From here: https://www.ariane.group/en/commercial-launch-services/ariane-6/prometheus/

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Its aim is to lower the production price of the Vulcain® engine by 90%, meaning that this future engine would cost only 1 million euros, as against just over 10 million for the Vulcain®2 engine fitted to Ariane 5
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 06/24/2017 06:56 AM
Cross-posting:

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Stéphane Israël (Arianespace) : "La première fusée Ariane 6 volera le 16 juillet 2020"

https://twitter.com/arianespaceceo/status/878489561206321152 (https://twitter.com/arianespaceceo/status/878489561206321152)

http://mobile.francetvinfo.fr/replay-radio/l-interview-eco/stephane-israel-arianespace-la-premiere-fusee-ariane-6-volera-le-16-juillet-2020_2229971.html (http://mobile.francetvinfo.fr/replay-radio/l-interview-eco/stephane-israel-arianespace-la-premiere-fusee-ariane-6-volera-le-16-juillet-2020_2229971.html)

Translation:

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Stéphane Israel (Arianespace): "the first Ariane 6 rocket will fly July 16, 2020" mobile.francetvinfo.fr/replay-radio/l…
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: soltasto on 07/04/2017 06:01 PM
I wonder what is this about... Adeline?

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Hmmm, something is cooking.... You'll find out what in a few days!

https://twitter.com/ArianeGroup/status/882268402273878017
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: catdlr on 07/06/2017 04:21 AM
ARIANE 6 : The Future Of European Space Launchers

Space Videos
Published on Jul 5, 2017


At the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, the new launch facilities for ESA’s Ariane 6 launcher are being built. With the Ariane 6 launcher and the upgrade of the Vega to Vega C Europe expands its launching capacities by creating versatile launchers which meet market demands. At the same time ESA supports both institutional missions and European industry as both Ariane 6 and Vega C will be fully European. With Ariane 6 and Vega C Europe secures its independent access to space for years to come.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u80Ax80I6aM?t=001

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u80Ax80I6aM
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Rik ISS-fan on 07/06/2017 10:17 AM
I think it's appropriate to post the initial source for the Ariane 6 Euronews video:
ESA TV (http://www.esa.int/esatv/Videos/2017/07/Ariane_6)

Has this ESA Ariane 6 & Vega-C (http://esamultimedia.esa.int/docs/space_transportation/Ariane_6_and_Vega-C_A4_HiRes.pdf)flyer been posted here? (launchers page (http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Transportation)_side ribon)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 07/06/2017 11:52 AM
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DutchSpace‏ @DutchSpace 5m5 minutes ago

Nice image of the #Ariane6 #Vinci upper-stage engine being tested on the P4.1 test bench at Lampoldshausen via @DLR_en

https://twitter.com/DutchSpace/status/882928602882461698 (https://twitter.com/DutchSpace/status/882928602882461698)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: eeergo on 07/07/2017 10:11 AM
New video of the current status of ELA-4 and its envisaged project for A6:

https://twitter.com/DutchSpace/status/883057849152266240
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: jacqmans on 07/09/2017 09:08 AM
Press release, 6 July 2017

New thrust for Ariane 6 - Production of the new Vinci thrust chamber starts in Ottobrunn

Space travel is not possible without launchers. Every space activity is based on this simple fact. Launcher systems connect Earth to space. They transport people and materials into space and deliver research and commercial satellites to orbit. Launchers
provide the only way to conduct scientific research and ensure commercial utilisation of space. But to survive in today's competitive environment, access to space must also be economically viable. "Europe's response to this challenge is the new Ariane
6 launcher with its innovative, cost-effective and reignitable, next-generation upper stage engine. The combustion chamber – the 'heart' of the engine - and other important components are made in Germany. This is the result of the competence and skills
– unparalleled in Europe – that have been developed thanks to, among others, funding from the Space Administration at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR)," emphasised Gerd Gruppe, DLR Executive Board member
responsible for the Space Administration. Production at ArianeGroup in Ottobrunn began on 28 June 2017 – an important milestone for Europe's gateway to space.

The heart of the upper stage engine comes from Ottobrunn

A great deal of energy is needed for a launcher and its payload to escape Earth’s gravitational field. Ariane accomplishes this feat initially by using its main stage and solid fuel boosters. The upper stage, with the Vinci engine, takes over once
the work of the boosters and main stage has been completed. Energy-efficient and reignitable engines are crucial to ensure optimal propulsion in space. "We have succeeded in substantially increasing the efficiency of the Vinci engine, while at the
same time creating the capacity to reignite the engine five times. This means that a variety of payloads can quickly and reliably be delivered to their required orbits," explains Denis Regenbrecht, responsible for the Ariane programme at the DLR Space
Administration. The main production task has been delegated to the French ArianeGroup location in Vernon: "But the heart of the engine – the combustion chamber – is built in Ottobrunn, Bavaria. This is where combustion takes place, which creates a
thrust of 180 kilonewtons," Regenbrecht adds. Vinci uses cryogenic hydrogen (LH2: – liquid hydrogen at minus 253 degrees Celsius) as its fuel, and cryogenic oxygen (LOX – liquid oxygen at minus 180 degrees Celsius) as its oxidiser, after the expander
cycle. First the fuel flows around the combustion chamber, cooling it down and evaporating. The gases produced by this process are used to drive turbopumps, which force the oxidiser and fuel into the combustion chamber, where they are burned together
with the additional oxidiser.

German industry contribution

The combustion chamber in this next-generation engine is not built by the ArianeGroup in Ottobrunn alone. Many small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from Germany are also contributing to the project. For instance, a large number of turned and milled
metal components, as well as hoses and seals, are made by medium-sized companies in Bavaria.

Innovative methods reduce production costs

Innovative technologies like additive layer manufacturing (ALM) and powder metallurgy are used to manufacture the Vinci upper stage engine. "These two methods have substantial advantages compared to cast or forged products, as components involving
complex structures can be produced in large numbers, without the need for mechanical reworking. The elimination of expensive manufacturing stages and simplification of the engine structure have cut the costs significantly," explains Regenbrecht.

Revolution in the launcher market

Cost-efficiency measures like this are absolutely imperative, as the situation in the space transport sector has changed radically in recent years – on the supply side as well as the demand side. "European launcher systems face growing levels of competition
in global markets, which will intensify the price pressure in future. Ariane 6 is a response to this situation, as its launch costs will be approximately half of what they were with its European predecessor, Ariane 5," emphasises Regenbrecht.

Engine tested in Lampoldshausen

With its 79 successful launches, Ariane 5 is amongst the most reliable launch vehicles ever built. The engines of its successor are tested carefully to ensure the continuation of safe transport of payloads into space. The next-generation Vinci engine
is being tested at the DLR Institute of Space Propulsion in Lampoldshausen. Test campaigns are currently underway on the P4.1 altitude simulation test stand to complete development of the engine design and to obtain qualification for flight operations.
DLR scientists use these tests to acquire insight into the engine's behaviour, which the manufacturer ArianeGroup can then use to make final improvements.

Ariane 6

During the ESA Council Meeting at Ministerial Level in December 2014, the member states adopted a resolution to develop a new launcher system, Ariane 6. Its purpose is to advance the engineering of the Ariane launcher and to ensure its continued competitiveness
in the global market. This requires restructuring within the European launcher sector. In future, responsibilities, costs and risks will be reassigned between the European Space Agency and the continent's space industry. Many components used in the
Ariane 6 will draw on the experience and technologies of Ariane 5. Here, engineers will add new elements that have proven reliable to existing platforms. This will enable the complete development of the new launcher system within five years. The first
flight of the approximately 60-metre-tall Ariane 6 is planned for 2020. Depending on its configuration, the launcher can be equipped with two (version A62) or four external boosters (version A64) and therefore transport either five or 11 tons of payload
into space. ArianeGroup is ESA's main contractual partner for the development and construction of the launcher system. Germany is contributing approximately 23 percent of the development programme's overall costs. The DLR Space Administration is coordinating
the German ESA budget on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: calapine on 07/14/2017 08:15 AM
https://twitter.com/DutchSpace/status/885768951782887425

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The old and the new, foreground the new #Ariane6 vulcain 2.1 demonstration engine nozzle, background the current #Ariane5 one, via
@GKNAero https://t.co/8qTAG3d0NK
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 07/20/2017 09:03 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYZiCdhQeSE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYZiCdhQeSE)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: jacqmans on 07/21/2017 08:51 AM
Waiting for the press release, but the first test of an Ariane-6 side booster was a success.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: calapine on 07/21/2017 12:56 PM
Waiting for the press release, but the first test of an Ariane-6 side booster was a success.


Here:

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NEW TYPE OF BOOSTER CASING FOR ARIANE 6 SUCCESSFULLY TESTED

This morning, MT Aerospace AG, a space technology company based in Augsburg, Germany and subsidiary of the listed technology group OHB SE*, successfully tested a new technology for carbon fiber-reinforced (CFRP) booster casings.

With a diameter of 3.5 meters and a length of 6 meters, the booster was tested at the Materials Testing Institute in Stuttgart to determine whether it meets representative requirements as seen during an Ariane launch. Simulating pressure loads over 125 bar, the CFRP booster casing successfully passed all tests.

Franz Josef Pschierer, the Bavarian state secretary for economics and technology commented: “The successful test of the CFRP booster casing marks an important step in the development of the ARIANE 6 launch vehicle and, hence, for the European space industry as a whole. I congratulate MT Aerospace AG on this success. This not only benefits Augsburg but strengthens the status of the entire state of Bavaria as one of the leading hubs of high-tech research and production.”

MT Aerospace has been working since summer 2013 on the development of the state-of-the-art production technology for carbon-fiber processing together with the DLR Center for Lightweight Production Technology (DLR-ZLP) on behalf of the European Space Agency ESA (FORC project) and the Bavarian government (DLR-ZLP project KOFFER). Featuring infusion technology, the newly developed process leads to lower cost when compared to conventional wet-winding processes, substantially enhancing the competitiveness of the new European launch vehicle.

Since 2015 MT Aerospace has been already involved in the development and industrialization of the Ariane 6 CFRP booster. Alongside Colleferro near Rome, Augsburg is selected to be the second production site for CFRP booster casing for the new European launch vehicle, replacing the previous steel versions of Ariane 5. The successful test marked the completion of a crucial milestone in the development programme.

The maiden flight for the new ARIANE 6 is scheduled for 2020.

http://www.mt-aerospace.de/news-details-en/items/new-type-of-booster-casing-for-ariane-6-successfully-tested.html
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 07/28/2017 10:43 AM
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Fresh images from #CSG showing flame trench progress for the future #Ariane6 pad #ELA4 via @CNES

https://twitter.com/dutchspace/status/890879880417640452
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 08/09/2017 10:52 AM
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Good view of the foundations of the Mobile Gantry being constructed for #Ariane6 launch pad #ELA4 at #CSG

https://twitter.com/dutchspace/status/895224083511693314
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 09/05/2017 07:55 AM
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@arianespaceceo S. Israel to France Infos: W/ Ariane 6 in 2020, we'll reduce each launch campaign from 31 days for Ariane 5 now, to 9 days.

https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/904970602104201219 (https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/904970602104201219)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Rik ISS-fan on 09/06/2017 05:45 AM
Update from AVIO: P120C, WORK IN PROGRESS (http://www.avio.com/en/news-en/vega-c-work-in-progress/)

The picture that DutchSpace tweet'ed most likely origionated from this French article
futura-sciences / ariane 6 construction  (http://www.futura-sciences.com/sciences/actualites/ariane-6-ariane-6-construction-pas-tir-chiffres-68195/)
In the article there is also a picture that shows that progress is made on the steel structure of the horizontal (core) assembly building.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Jester on 09/07/2017 03:16 PM

The picture that DutchSpace tweet'ed most likely origionated from this French article
futura-sciences / ariane 6 construction  (http://www.futura-sciences.com/sciences/actualites/ariane-6-ariane-6-construction-pas-tir-chiffres-68195/)
In the article there is also a picture that shows that progress is made on the steel structure of the horizontal (core) assembly building.

No
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Runerdieker on 09/09/2017 03:51 PM
The "no" is an answer to which remark from Rik ISS-fan?   ??? The picture that Dutch Space tweeted from the foundations is dated the 9th of august, the article from "Futura Sciences" with a similar picture is dated the 7th of august, so that seems a plausible source. So does the "no" refer to the horizontal core assembly building? Is there an error in that article?
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: CLE on 09/10/2017 06:26 AM
Two pictures I took one week ago
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: calapine on 09/13/2017 04:34 PM
From the Ariane user's day:

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ARIANE 6 - PROGRAM STATUS
Program on-track for 1st launch July 16st, 2020
Key milestones:
1. Vulcain 2.1 firing test from October 2017
2. Vinci qualification campaign end of November 2017
3. MG6.2 in November-December 2017: authorize start of serial production
4. P12OC 1st firing test in April 2018
5. MG7 in June 2018: end of critical design
6. Technical Qualification in September 2019 and start of combined tests in November 2019
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: calapine on 09/13/2017 04:58 PM
Drone view video of ELA 4, status July 2017:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kfd0I0RocBQ
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Mike Jones on 09/14/2017 04:10 PM
Big day for Ariane 6. First two contracts signed by Arianespace for 2 Galileo launches on Ariane 62 in 2020 and 2021.
http://www.arianespace.com/press-release/first-ariane-6-contract-arianespace-to-orbit-four-galileo-satellites-on-two-ariane-62-launches/
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: calapine on 09/15/2017 08:39 PM
Presentations from the Ariane 6 user day:

http://www.arianespace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Presentation_Ariane-6-Users-Club_Sept-2017.pdf

http://www.arianespace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Presentation_Ariane-6-Users-Club-Jamboree-Session_Sept-2017.pdf

Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: calapine on 09/18/2017 09:38 AM
Peter B. de Selding, Space Intel Report:
ArianeGroup lays out transition to Ariane 6, phase-out of Ariane 5 and Soyuz (https://www.spaceintelreport.com/arianegroup-lays-transition-ariane-6-phase-ariane-5-soyuz/)

The article is mainly a summary of the User's Day slides I linked above.

Edit: corrected link.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Sam Ho on 09/18/2017 05:02 PM
Peter B. de Selding, Space Intel Report:
ArianeGroup lays out transition to Ariane 6, phase-out of Ariane 5 and Soyuz (https://www.spaceintelreport.com/arianegroup-lays-transition-ariane-6-phase-ariane-5-soyuz/)

The article is mainly a summary of the User's Day slides I linked above.
Corrected URL for that is https://www.spaceintelreport.com/arianegroup-lays-transition-ariane-6-phase-ariane-5-soyuz/

It's behind a paywall, incidentally.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: calapine on 09/18/2017 07:04 PM
Sorry about the link mistake. Corrected it.

It's a soft paywall only allowing X articles free per month.
Opening in an incognito window should help
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 09/19/2017 08:54 PM
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First P120C SRM propellant casting complete at Regulus. One more step towards Ariane 6 and Vega C

https://twitter.com/giulioranzo/status/910056626681499648
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 09/24/2017 04:48 PM
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Second P120C Booster case manufactured and successfully tested. Ramping up towards Ariane 6 and Vega C. More to come soon.

https://twitter.com/giulioranzo/status/911557791885795329
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 09/24/2017 06:59 PM
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Interesting...  #Ariane6 #ELA4

https://twitter.com/dutchspace/status/912027915541467139 (https://twitter.com/dutchspace/status/912027915541467139)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Rik ISS-fan on 09/29/2017 09:05 PM
Isn't that a render of CCU4 (A6 payload assembly transporter, comparable to the transporter for Soyuz and Vega) on the image from DutchSpace!?

Also a YouTube channel to check often: CNES CSG (https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCe5WxcqciZKvkJr2_AOhVsA)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQhECspRqbc
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 09/30/2017 01:33 PM
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The new #ELA4 #ZL4 launch pad for #Ariane6 is taking shape quickly, early September shot

https://twitter.com/dutchspace/status/914110189955158016

Sorry, hit post too soon:

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Updated overview shot of #ELA4 for #Ariane6, gantry foundation clearly visible in the front, #BAL starting to take shape in the back

https://twitter.com/dutchspace/status/914110959945383936
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: russianhalo117 on 09/30/2017 03:55 PM
Isn't that a render of CCU4 (A6 payload assembly transporter, comparable to the transporter for Soyuz and Vega) on the image from DutchSpace!?

Also a YouTube channel to check often: CNES CSG (https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCe5WxcqciZKvkJr2_AOhVsA)
they will be similar but AFAIK the one shown only transports the integrated payload stack from the A5 BAF to ELA-4 (ZL4).
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: calapine on 10/06/2017 04:23 PM
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Ariane 6 could use reusable Prometheus engine, designer says

LES MUREAUX, France and WASHINGTON — Europe’s upcoming Ariane 6 rocket, though designed to be expendable, could one day sport a reusable engine, according to Patrick Bonguet, head of the Ariane 6 program at ArianeGroup.

Whether or not the rocket would ever use that engine, called Prometheus, depends on whether Ariane 6 manufacturer ArianeGroup, formerly Airbus Safran Launchers, finds enough benefit for the European launch sector. So far, the merits of reusable rockets to ArianeGroup are unclear at best, Bonguet said, but the company is researching the technology to be ready for implementation should it prove worthwhile.

“We could replace Vulcain 2.1 by Prometheus,” Bonguet told SpaceNews. “Or Prometheus can be the first break to build the next generation. We will see where we are in 2025 or 2030, and then decide on the right time whether to go one way or the other.”

http://spacenews.com/ariane-6-could-use-reusable-prometheus-engine-designer-says/
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: TrevorMonty on 10/07/2017 02:06 PM
"A smaller tip-toe into reusability could come through salvaging Ariane 6’s payload fairings. Swiss manufacturer Ruag Space is developing reusable fairings, which Bonguet said are of interest to ArianeGroup."

Ruag also make ULA fairings so don't be surprised ULA also try for fairing reuse.

Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 10/07/2017 04:51 PM
Remember: this is the UPDATES thread. Please take any non-UPDATE posts to the DISCUSSION thread (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=31494.0). Thank you.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Rik ISS-fan on 10/08/2017 09:08 AM
(although not totally on topic)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atMrN6Iufsk
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Rik ISS-fan on 10/14/2017 11:06 AM
ESA P120C update:
Rocket motor for Ariane 6 and Vega-C is cast for testing (http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Transportation/Rocket_motor_for_Ariane_6_and_Vega-C_is_cast_for_testing)
- P120C inert motor is casted. (takes 36 hours, has to harden for 10 days)
- In november they will cast the first P120C
- Static testing will take place in April.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 10/23/2017 03:20 PM
ArianeSpace has a SpaceNews advert talking about first launches awarded
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: bolun on 10/25/2017 07:46 AM
http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2017/10/Vulcain_2.1

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On 10 October 2017, the M1 demonstration flight model of the Vulcain 2.1 main stage cryogenic rocket motor for Ariane 6 arrived in the DLR German Aerospace Center test facility in Lampoldshausen for functional tests.

The Vulcain is 3.7 m high, 2.5 m in diameter and weighs about 2 tonnes, and will deliver 135 tonnes of thrust in vacuum.

- Related article: Ariane 6' s Vulcain engine set for first firing (http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Transportation/Ariane_6_s_Vulcain_engine_set_for_first_firing)

Image credit: ArianeGroup Holding

Edit: to add the related article.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: calapine on 10/25/2017 01:50 PM
Interview with ArianeGroup CFO Pierre Godart

Topics:
- Ariane 6
- Small Sat Launchers
- Re-usability

http://spacenews.com/arianegroup-cfo-pierre-godart-on-ariane-6-cost-savings-micro-launchers-and-reusability/
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: calapine on 10/30/2017 12:12 PM
http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Transportation/Ariane_6_s_Vulcain_engine_set_for_first_firing

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There are two main changes in how the engine works.

 
DLR German Aerospace Center
Expensive liquid helium is no longer needed because heated oxygen in the exhaust lines now pressurises the oxygen tank.

The new engine is ignited from the ground via the bottom of the nozzle instead of by pyrotechnic devices inside the motor, reducing the cost and weight.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: hkultala on 10/30/2017 12:43 PM
So, compared to vulcain 2, getting rid of helium and making startup easier, but no major performance increases?

Only pressure increase from 117 to 120 bars giving some 3% thrust increase and very small isp increase?
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 10/30/2017 12:48 PM
Remember: this is the UPDATES thread. Please take any non-UPDATE posts, such as questions, to the DISCUSSION thread (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=31494.0). Thank you.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: calapine on 11/12/2017 08:29 PM
The CSG posted an update on their Facebook presence.

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Le montage du portique mobile Ariane 6 a débuté il y a quelques jours, sur le chantier du futur ensemble de lancement n°4. Une fois équipé, l'ouvrage métallique de 8 500 tonnes sera le bâtiment mobile le plus lourd d'Europe.
Les opérations d'assemblage finales d'Ariane 6 se dérouleront sous cette tour haute de 90 m. A l'aide d'un pont roulant de 45 tonnes, les équipes procéderont à la verticalisation du corps central, à la mise en place des étages à propulsion solide et des différents éléments du lanceur.
Le bâtiment sera aussi équipé de plateformes mobiles donnant accès aux différents niveaux du lanceur. Juste avant le décollage, le portique se reculera sur une distance de 120 m en une vingtaine de minutes, grâce à une double voie ferrée. #ChantierAriane6 #ELA4

Rough translation:
Construction of the ELA-4 mobile gantry has started.
Final weight will be 8500 tons, 90 meters high, featuring a 45-tons crane
The gantry can complete the 120 meter railwaytrack in 20 minutes.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 11/14/2017 08:43 AM
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THALES ALENIA SPACE WINS A CONTRACT TO SUPPLY THE TELEMETRY TRANSMITTER OF THE EUROPEAN LAUNCHER ARIANE 6

First ever contract of Thales Alenia Space in Spain in the launchers segment

Madrid, November 14, 2017 - Thales Alenia Space has signed a contract with ArianeGroup, prime contractor and design authority of Ariane 6, to design, develop, qualify and manufacture the telemetry transmitter of the new European launcher. The telemetry transmitter is responsible for transmitting to the ground the data generated by the launcher throughout the whole launch mission.
 
It is the first contract of the company in Spain in the launchers segment. After three decades of activity in the space sector participating in more than 400 satellites, probes and spacecraft put into orbit, the company expands its comprehensive product portfolio in Spain in the field of space communications with a new generation equipment adapted to very demanding requirements from the customer, in a highly competitive environment, which has driven to adopt an innovative design using the most advanced manufacturing technologies.

Eduardo Bellido, CEO of Thales Alenia Space in Spain, said: "We are proud to enjoy the confidence of ArianeGroup and ESA for the development of an equipment as critical as the Ariane 6 telemetry transmitter, a key program in the European space scene". "This contract shows our company's ability to adapt to a continuously evolving space market, implementing new industrial processes and technologies to meet our customer needs", he added.

The development of Ariane 6 was approved at the European Space Agency (ESA) Ministerial Council in December 2014 to ensure that Europe maintains its leadership in the fast-changing commercial launch market, while also addressing requirements for European governmental missions. The launcher will be developed in two versions: Ariane 62, with two solid propellant strap-on boosters and Ariane 64, with four solid-propellant strap-on boosters. The maiden launch of Ariane 6 is planned in 2020.

Thales Alenia Space has contributed to the European launcher industry over the last 40 years as a key supplier of numerous electronic systems developed by the company in Belgium for the entire family of Ariane (Ariane 1 to Ariane 6), Vega and Soyuz launchers.

https://www.thalesgroup.com/en/worldwide/space/press-release/thales-alenia-space-wins-contract-supply-telemetry-transmitter (https://www.thalesgroup.com/en/worldwide/space/press-release/thales-alenia-space-wins-contract-supply-telemetry-transmitter)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: calapine on 11/15/2017 07:09 PM
CNES released a new drone-view video of the construction work at ELA-4

4k quality, so worth going fullscreen:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3f9grfVWCN8
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Rik ISS-fan on 11/22/2017 09:32 PM
Something to read: OHB 9-month report 2017 (https://www.ohb.de/tl_files/ohb/pdf/finanzberichte_hauptversammlung/2017/2017-Q3_9m_OHB-en.pdf) {direct download} OHB SE website (https://www.ohb.de/financial-reports.html)
The German solid casing production proces was tested. Normal pressure is 100bar, tested at 125bar was fine. Later they did a burst test, the test casing failed at 212 bar.
They started fabrication of (liquid) tank segments and structures in Bremen. In Early 2018 in Augsburg they will open a new factories for liquid stage segments and structures.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Mike Jones on 11/23/2017 06:57 AM
This new casing will not fly before 2023 at best on Ariane 6 and Vega-C (P120c SRMs) and the Italians do their best (and have heavy influence within ESA) to avoid that any work share transfer from Avio to MT-A ever occur. So we should not read too much into this news reported by MT-A
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 11/23/2017 07:55 AM
Remember, this is an UPDATES thread.

Any discussions and/or opinions should be taken to the DISCUSSION (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=31494.0) thread. Thank you.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: calapine on 11/24/2017 05:13 PM
Vulcain 2.1 sitting in Lampoldshausen, waiting for it's first test-firing.

Source (https://twitter.com/DLR_de/status/934078460498235393)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 11/27/2017 03:10 PM
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New #Ariane6 launch table taking shape

https://twitter.com/DutchSpace/status/935178158210510849 (https://twitter.com/DutchSpace/status/935178158210510849)

Edit to add:

Here's the ESA update the picture is from:

http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Transportation/Building_Ariane_6_mobile_gantry_at_Europe_s_Spaceport (http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Transportation/Building_Ariane_6_mobile_gantry_at_Europe_s_Spaceport)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Rik ISS-fan on 11/29/2017 10:01 AM
This speaks for itself:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdYnoyeV74o (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdYnoyeV74o)
And here on ESA's website (http://www.esa.int/spaceinvideos/Videos/2017/11/Ariane_6_-_a_reality_in_Kourou)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Rik ISS-fan on 12/08/2017 03:04 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__Kxbe32Ccc
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: calapine on 12/15/2017 12:35 AM
Euronews report from French Guiana

Length 8:30


Race to build Ariane 6 rocket launch pad (http://www.euronews.com/2017/12/14/race-to-build-ariane-6-rocket-launch-pad)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/15/2017 12:07 PM
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The new #Ariane6 mobile gantry being built at #ELA4 is pretty impressive...

https://twitter.com/dutchspace/status/941632494474022912
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Rik ISS-fan on 12/15/2017 12:33 PM
Euronews report from French Guiana

Length 8:30


Race to build Ariane 6 rocket launch pad (http://www.euronews.com/2017/12/14/race-to-build-ariane-6-rocket-launch-pad)
And as usual on ESA youtube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7w8V7sfEQM
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/22/2017 04:13 PM
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Had a peek down the new #Ariane6 #ELA4 flame trench being built, impressive... #CSG

https://twitter.com/DutchSpace/status/944254153865428993 (https://twitter.com/DutchSpace/status/944254153865428993)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/22/2017 04:31 PM
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And another shot from the side, concrete being poured in, cant wait to launch from here, exciting times... #ELA4 #Ariane6 #CSG

https://twitter.com/dutchspace/status/944255229943533569 (https://twitter.com/dutchspace/status/944255229943533569)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: RotoSequence on 12/25/2017 09:32 PM
Another spiffy animation posted by Ariane Group, and unusually linked directly in .mp4 form.

https://www.ariane.group/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/ariane-6-carianegroup-holding-2017.mp4
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Star One on 01/09/2018 08:04 PM
End signalled for European Ariane 5 rocket

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A final order for a batch of 10 Ariane 5 rockets has been raised.

The vehicle, which has been the mainstay of European launcher activity for the past 20 years, will be phased out once its successor is in place.

ArianeGroup, the French-led industrial consortium, expects its new Ariane 6 to be flying no later than mid-2020, and in full operational service in 2023.

At that point, Ariane 5 can be retired. The last order ensures sufficient rockets are available for the handover.

https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/science-environment-42623300
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Rik ISS-fan on 01/10/2018 10:04 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-0nkEfREFA
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: calapine on 01/12/2018 08:52 AM
Lengthy interview by brest.malville.com with Stephane Isreal

The topics discussed - SpaceX, constellations, buy European, etc... - have been raised before, but it's an interesting read nonetheless.

Ariane reste "confiant" devant les ambitions de SpaceX (https://brest.maville.com/actu/actudet_-ariane-reste-confiant-devant-les-ambitions-de-spacex_54135-3357018_actu.Htm)

My attempt at translation is here: https://twitter.com/AuerSusan/status/951750445592121344
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: octavo on 01/12/2018 07:32 PM
Remember, this is an UPDATES thread.

Any discussions and/or opinions should be taken to the DISCUSSION (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=31494.0) thread. Thank you.
A reminder...
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Rik ISS-fan on 01/14/2018 03:59 PM
Nothing goes above Lego!
twitter ArianeGroup (https://twitter.com/ArianeGroup/status/951842844519657472)
I had a very good laugh.

On the more serious side: ArianeGroup tweet (https://twitter.com/ArianeGroup/status/942733847317372929) and Website (https://www.ariane.group/en/news/ariane6-production-en/):
Ariane 6 development has passed maturity gate 6.2 (MG 6.2) in mid. December. Now the construction of the first Ariane 62 can commence.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 01/23/2018 09:35 AM
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Europe's @ArianeGroup says 1st test firing of Ariane 6 main stage Vulcain 2.1 engine concluded successfully in Lampoldshausen, Germany. Test lasted 650 seconds.

https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/955732261239959552
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: calapine on 01/23/2018 10:48 AM
Arianegroup video featuring including footage from the first Vulcain 2.1 test

https://twitter.com/ArianeGroup/status/955748778136436736

Further info via DLR:

- Test campaign will last 7 months
- This engine still had elements of Vulcain 2.0: eg. the pyro ignition system
- This is done to establish a compression base line between 2 and 2.1
- The next test's ignition will be done via propane gas,

German language link:
http://www.dlr.de/dlr/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-10259/369_read-25584/#/gallery/29560

GIF outtake from the video, startup sequence
(https://i.imgur.com/sIK8Fdn.gif)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: jacqmans on 01/23/2018 01:33 PM
Main stage engine for Ariane 6 on the test stand at DLR Lampoldshausen

First ignition for Europe's most powerful rocket engine, the Vulcain 2.1
 
23 January 2018

The new Vulcain 2.1 engine, featuring a 3D-printed gas generator, a redesigned, simplified nozzle and a combustion chamber that can be ignited by the launcher's ground support system will bring the future Ariane 6 launcher to space.

•For the first time, the new Vulcain 2.1 engine was tested for use with the future Ariane 6 European launcher.
•DLR carried out the test in the P5 test rig at the site in Lampoldshausen on behalf of ArianeGroup.
•Focus: Space, space propulsion

The new Vulcain 2.1 engine, which is set to carry the new European launcher Ariane 6 into space in 2020, is intended to achieve greater efficiency at lower costs. However, before such a launch can be successfully carried out, the development engines must prove that they can cope with the enormous 130-ton thrust, temperatures of approximately 3000 degrees Celsius in the combustion chamber, the high rotational speeds of the turbo pumps and the pressure in the propellant lines. On 22 January 2018, engineers at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) carried out a first successful test of the engine, developed by the ArianeGroup, on test stand P5 at Lampoldshausen. "We can evaluate the functional capability of the engine for the main stage only by constantly carrying out tests, in which we gradually take steps towards its ultimate use in space," explains Stefan Schlechtriem, Director of the DLR Institute of Space Propulsion. A total of 12 firings are planned for the first test campaign at DLR.

Its predecessor, the Vulcain 2 main stage engine, is currently used on the Ariane 5 launcher and has so far completed 70 successful flights in a row. To create a more cost-effective and efficient generation of engines, Vulcain 2 is being redeveloped into the new Vulcain 2.1 engine, featuring a 3D-printed gas generator, a redesigned, simplified nozzle and a combustion chamber that can be ignited by the launcher's ground support system. Vulcain 2.1 will play a key role in carrying Ariane 6 up to an altitude of 150 kilometres within the first 10 minutes of flight. The DLR test on the Vulcain 2.1 main stage engine lasted 11 minutes, roughly a third longer than the engine would need to carry the Ariane 6 launcher up into space, assisted by solid-propellant boosters.

Step-by-step progress towards the launcher of the future

The decision to develop a new launcher system was taken in December 2014, when the member states of the European Space Agency (ESA) held their Council Meeting at Ministerial Level. They decided to opt for an enhancement of the existing generation of Ariane launchers in order to adapt to growing competition and heightened expectations on the world market. The new launcher was to build upon the existing components of Ariane 5. Depending on the configuration, Ariane 6 will be able to transport a payload of up to 11 tons into space, halving the cost of launches compared to Ariane 5. The new re-ignitable Vinci engine for the upper stage of Ariane 6 has been one of the elements tested at the DLR site in Lampoldshausen since 2005, and now the test runs for the new Vulcain 2.1 main stage engine have been added to the site's portfolio.

Modern test stands for safe and reliable engines

The aim of the seven-month test campaign is to gain a thorough understanding of all key features that distinguish the new main stage engine for the Ariane 6 launcher. "Only those who are fully familiar with these features can adjust the delicate combination of mechanical and electronic components, and thus get the engine to a stage where it is technically mature," stresses Schlechtriem. The first test was based on the Vulcain 2 engine, which has already been developed and is used in the current Ariane model. In this case, all of the pyrotechnical igniters were retained in order to compare the new engine with the older version. For the next test run, the combustion chamber will be ignited from the test stand using propane gas. At the end of the test campaign, the engine will have to successfully complete a final rehearsal on the DLR test stand in its definitive flight configuration.

"Testing is not just about seeing how this technology fares under normal operating conditions. We want to look at how it copes with stresses that go beyond those normally experienced in flight – in other words, at higher temperatures, at high and low combustion chamber pressures and with different fuel mixture ratios," says Anja Frank, Head of the Department of Test Facilities at DLR Lampoldshausen. "We are using the development engine to assess the limits of the Vulcain 2.1."

Data for a reliable engine

The results of the tests carried out by engineers, technicians and test stand workers at the DLR Institute of Space Propulsion will not only be proof of the engine’s functional capabilities, but also a source of a large amount of data. Ultimately, the use of a high-precision measuring and analysis system makes it possible to obtain accurate results and thus allows the ArianeGroup engine developers to draw detailed conclusions about technical issues. The final design of the main stage engine requires a thorough understanding of the pressures and temperatures in the propellant lines, the rotational speeds of the turbo pumps, the pressures in the gas generator and combustion chamber, and the resulting vibrations to which the engine is subjected during a hot run.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: catdlr on 01/24/2018 09:45 AM
Successful first test of the Ariane 6 Vulcain 2.1 engine

European Space Agency, ESA
Published on Jan 24, 2018

The first hot firing of Ariane 6’s Vulcain 2.1 main engine was performed in January 2018 at the DLR German Aerospace Center test facility in Lampoldshausen, Germany.

The engine, developed by ArianeGroup, has a simplified and more robust nozzle, a gas generator made through additive manufacturing, and an oxygen heater for oxygen tank pressurization. These features lower the cost of the engine and simplify manufacturing.

Credit: ArianeGroup

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YN8_lwDl680?t=001

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YN8_lwDl680
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 01/26/2018 12:41 PM
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Das Assembly-Gebäude der #Ariane6. Netter kleiner Bungalow.

This nice little bungalow is where they'll assemble the new #Ariane6.

#triptokourou

https://twitter.com/leaving_orbit/status/956880080256544768
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: catdlr on 01/30/2018 08:54 AM
Ariane 6 launch site visit

European Space Agency, ESA
Published on Jan 30, 2018

At Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, everything is being prepared to accommodate Europe’s newest launcher, Ariane 6.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCk4Cg_a6C8?t=001

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCk4Cg_a6C8
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: bolun on 02/02/2018 07:10 PM
Second Ariane 6 and Vega-C solid rocket motor prepared for testing

2 February 2018

Two models of the common solid rocket motor for Ariane 6 and Vega-C are being prepared and tested at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.

The first full-scale model of the P120C was cast while vertical with 142 tonnes of inert propellant in October. This was left to stabilise, cool and harden – the curing process. The motor was rotated for horizontal integration.

The igniter and nozzle are attached first, the remaining parts will complete the motor.

In two weeks, the inert model will be moved to the test stand. Although it cannot be fired, the procedures and connections will be proved in readiness for the firing of the development model later this year.

Ten kilometres from the stand, the development model is curing with active propellant in the Guiana Propellant Plant.

The P120C is the largest solid-propellant motor ever built in one segment, at almost 11.5 m long and about 3.4 m in diameter. Two or four will be strapped to Ariane 6 as boosters for liftoff. Two boosters will be used on its maiden flight in 2020.

Vega-C is expected to debut in mid-2019 with P120C as the first-stage motor, which will increase performance from Vega’s current 1.5 t to about 2.2 t in a reference 700 km polar orbit.

http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Transportation/Second_Ariane_6_and_Vega-C_solid_rocket_motor_prepared_for_testing

Credits: ESA/CNES/Arianespace
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Rik ISS-fan on 02/02/2018 08:55 PM
AFAIK three P120C stages will be bench tested on the BEAP to qualify the P120C for Vega-C and Ariane 6.
Nice how they are already using the new assembly proces before the dedicated facility is finished.
(I know Update topic, I think this is relevant info)

For correctnes lets also add the ESA article Ariane6 launch site visit (http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Transportation/Ariane_6_launch_site_visit)

edit to add: Force technology Vulcain 2.1 test press release (https://forcetechnology.com/en/about-force-technology/news/ariane-6-rocket-has-passed-important-milestone)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Rik ISS-fan on 02/16/2018 01:43 PM
ArianeGroup article on succesfully concluding the M6 & M7 vince test compains.
140 successful tests and several firsts for vinci the engine for ariane 6 (https://www.ariane.group/en/news/140-successful-tests-and-several-firsts-for-vinci-the-engine-for-ariane-6/)

The article includes two video's. One with Ariane 64 launching a LEO ComSat constellation.
The second one shows Vulcan 2.1 and Vince assembly and test companes.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: calapine on 02/17/2018 05:57 PM
Ariane 6 launch table takes shape in Kourou
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The table that will support Ariane 6 on the pad is being assembled at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.

This 700 tonne steel structure is 4 m high, 20 m long and 18 m wide and sits in the centre of the launch pad. It is so large it had to be dismantled before it was shipped from Germany.
 
The table arrived in Kourou on 30 January and was moved by truck to a preparation area about 200 m south of the Ariane 6 launch pad.

Now that the main structures of the table are in position, engineers have begun welding them together and will be finished by the end of April.

The installation of equipment inside the table such as the fluid and cryogenic systems, power supply, air-conditioning and security systems will follow in early May.

In August the table will be transferred to the pad for final installation.

The table and all ground systems will be validated and checked by the end of September 2019.

At liftoff, the table is subjected to very high pressures and temperatures from the booster plumes.
 
Machinery installed inside the launch table must also withstand strong vibrations and the acoustic environment generated at liftoff.

Ariane 6’s maiden flight is planned for mid-2020.
http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Transportation/Ariane_6_launch_table_takes_shape_in_Kourou
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: vaporcobra on 02/28/2018 03:04 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M45HCRlPcro
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Rik ISS-fan on 02/28/2018 10:58 AM
And the 7th from February 2018.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1t1dg6gAeSE
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/23/2018 07:16 AM
March 2018 update

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvkjsA_rCz4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvkjsA_rCz4)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: bolun on 03/23/2018 06:56 PM
Expander-cycle Technology Integrated Demonstrator

On 22 March 2018, the full-scale demonstrator of a thrust chamber for an upper-stage rocket motor, called ETID or Expander-cycle Technology Integrated Demonstrator, arrived at the DLR German Aerospace Center test facility in Lampoldshausen for functional tests.

It incorporates the newest propulsion systems that will help prove new technologies, materials and manufacturing techniques that offer higher performance at lower cost for Europe’s future launchers.

The project is part of ESA’s Future Launchers Preparatory Programme.

- Related article: ESA proves new technologies to power future launches (https://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Transportation/ESA_proves_new_technologies_to_power_future_launchers)

http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2018/03/Expander-cycle_Technology_Integrated_Demonstrator

Image credit: ArianeGroup
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 04/05/2018 08:19 AM
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Nozzle for 1st test booster of future Vega-C, Ariane 6 rockets leaves France for @CNES Fr Guiana spaceport; test firing this summer, 1st Vega-C launch [email protected]_Group @ASI_spazio @ArianeGroup @Arianespace @esa

https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/981806204765786112
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Rik ISS-fan on 04/08/2018 06:28 PM
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MT AEROSPACE SHIPS THE FIRST TANK FOR ARIANE 6 TO ARIANEGROUP IN BREMEN (http://www.mt-aerospace.de/news-details-en/items/mt-aerospace-ships-the-first-tank-for-ariane-6-to-arianegroup-in-bremen.html)
Augsburg/Bremen, April 4, 2018 With the hydrogen tank MT Aerospace has delivered the first component for the upper stage for the future European launch vehicle Ariane 6 to the ArianeGroup’s new production center in Bremen. Fabricated in Augsburg using the latest equipment and optimized processes, the tank floors and cylinder panels were assembled by MT Aerospace in Bremen to form a propellant tank.
(http://www.mt-aerospace.de/assets/images/9/A6_Wasserstofftank_Web-38f93419.jpg)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Rik ISS-fan on 04/08/2018 06:36 PM
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Nozzle for 1st test booster of future Vega-C, Ariane 6 rockets leaves France for @CNES Fr Guiana spaceport; test firing this summer, 1st Vega-C launch [email protected]_Group @ASI_spazio @ArianeGroup @Arianespace @esa

https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/981806204765786112

Two Arianegroup articles about this:
- The 1st nozzle of the P120 booster common to Ariane-6 and Vega-C on its way to Kourou (https://www.ariane.group/en/news/the-1st-nozzle-of-the-p120-booster-common-to-ariane-6-and-vega-c-on-its-way-to-kourou/)
- Ariane 6 on track with two major milestones (https://www.ariane.group/en/news/ariane-6-on-track-with-two-major-milestones/)

edited to add: The first static test firing of the P120C is planned for the summer. Later two additional tests will follow. One before the maiden Vega-C launch and one before the maiden Ariane 6 launch.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: SciNews on 04/14/2018 08:18 AM
Ariane 6: Vulcain 2.1 engine tests
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjeEaW9nSgk
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: GWR64 on 04/14/2018 11:30 AM
Thanks, the engine-sound is better than the music in the first video.  :)

(but the LE-9 sounds better  ;D  )
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: calapine on 04/23/2018 11:11 PM
The new Ariane 6 User's Guide is out.

http://www.arianespace.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Mua-6_Issue-1_Revision-0_March-2018.pdf



Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Rik ISS-fan on 04/27/2018 09:07 PM
Several twitter updates:
1) Arianegroup LLPM production site; construction time-laps (https://twitter.com/ArianeGroup/status/988785871842369536).
2) ArianeGroup, Ariane6 payload configurations animation (https://twitter.com/ArianeGroup/status/986187908968263680)
3) Stephane Israel tweet about the ESA-Arianespace launch agreement (https://twitter.com/arianespaceceo/status/989480321266716672)
4) Telespatio: contract to build a fiber-optic data interface for ELA4 (https://twitter.com/telespazio/status/989858762784673793).
5) Nice image of the BAL (https://twitter.com/Mutchat/status/989227684852101121) (horizontal Building for Assembly of Launcher  8))
6) 3D printed injector for Ariane 6 (https://twitter.com/DJanecek/status/989141778048659456) most likely for the Vulcain 2.1 or 2.2 engine.
X) a lot of nice tweets from calapine (https://twitter.com/AuerSusan/status/988490308101996545) about the updated A6 user manual.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: calapine on 05/07/2018 11:12 PM
Ariane 6 "Black Upperstage" (their words, not mine ;) with carbon fiber composite tanks, due 2025.

Arianegroup video via Twitter:
https://twitter.com/ArianeGroup/status/992789003488448513
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 05/18/2018 04:00 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzJ0mLt1zKg (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzJ0mLt1zKg)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 05/24/2018 08:49 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyIr46MZzOE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyIr46MZzOE)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: bolun on 06/17/2018 07:34 PM
https://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Transportation/First_hot_firing_of_next-generation_rocket_engine

First hot firing of next-generation rocket engine

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15 June 2018

Yesterday’s complex hot fire test of an engine technology demonstrator, was the first in a series of planned tests guiding Europe’s next-generation upper-stage rocket engine design.

By the end of the year, the Expander-cycle Technology Integrated Demonstrator, or ETID, based at the DLR German Aerospace Center test facility in Lampoldshausen, will be ignited 20 times with each firing lasting up to 120 seconds on a test stand that provides a near-vacuum environment similar to space.

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Following four rounds of tests the configuration will be changed for further tests with different igniters and different hardware designs and materials. The aim is to bring them all to a technology readiness high enough to transfer them at minimum cost and risk to any subsequent development project for flight.

The results will validate the engine concept and analysis tools used, as well as identifying opportunities for even lighter designs.

ETID is a precursor of the next generation of 10-tonne rocket engines. Its results also have relevance for the in-development Vinci engine, which powers the upper stage of Ariane 6

Credits: ESA and DLR / ArianeGroup
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: gongora on 06/21/2018 04:29 PM
Quantum technological leap: MT Aerospace officially opening state-of-the-art facilities for Ariane 6 production in Augsburg (https://www.ohb.de/en/news/quantum-technological-leap-mt-aerospace-officially-opening-state-of-the-art-facilities-for-ariane-6-production-in-augsburg/)

Picture from Tweet by Peter B. de Selding (https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/1009830175952048129)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: bolun on 06/24/2018 07:26 PM
P120C rocket motor transfer to test stand at Europe's Spaceport

Fully loaded with solid fuel, the P120C rocket motor common to Europe’s future launchers Vega-C and Ariane 6 was moved from the integration building and transferred to the test stand at the beginning of June 2018, to prepare for its first hot firing at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

The P120C is 13.5 m long and 3.4 m in diameter, contains 142 tonnes of solid propellant and is the largest-ever solid rocket motor built in one piece.

https://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2018/06/P120C_rocket_motor_transfer_to_test_stand_at_Europe_s_Spaceport2

Image credit: CNES
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 06/26/2018 01:41 PM
New Ariane 6 website:

http://ariane6.esa.int/ (http://ariane6.esa.int/)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 07/02/2018 06:11 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5Grwd6azOs (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5Grwd6azOs)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5tVtTGVLYw (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5tVtTGVLYw)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: jacqmans on 07/06/2018 01:19 PM
Test stand ready for P120C static firing

The propulsion test stand (BEAP) has been prepared for the P120C solid rocket development motor for a static firing test in July 2018.

The P120C, designed as boosters on Ariane 6 and as the first stage for Vega-C, is the largest single-unit, carbon-fibre solid-propellant motor ever built.

Its development relies on innovative technologies derived from the P80, Vega’s current first stage motor.

 
Credits: ESA - S. Corvaja
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: jacqmans on 07/06/2018 01:22 PM
ELA-4 construction site

The ELA-4 launch zone at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana is currently undergoing reconstruction in preparation for Europe’s Ariane 6 launch vehicle.

ESA and European industry are currently developing a new-generation launcher: Ariane 6. This follows the decision taken at the ESA Council meeting at Ministerial level in December 2014, to maintain Europe’s leadership in the fast-changing commercial launch service market while responding to the needs of European institutional missions.

The overarching aim of Ariane 6 is to provide guaranteed access to space for Europe at a competitive price without requiring public sector support for exploitation.

The targeted payload performance of Ariane 6 is over 4.5 t for polar/Sun-synchronous orbit missions at 800 km altitude and the injection of two first-generation Galileo satellites. Ariane 6 can loft a payload mass of 4.5–10.5 tonnes in equivalent geostationary transfer orbit.

The exploitation cost of the Ariane 6 launch system is its key driver. Launch service costs will be halved, while maintaining reliability by reusing the trusted engines of Ariane 5. The first flight is scheduled for 2020.

 
Credits: ESA - S. Corvaja
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: jacqmans on 07/06/2018 01:24 PM
Ariane 6 Launcher Assembly Building

The ELA-4 launch zone at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana is currently undergoing reconstruction in preparation for Europe’s Ariane 6 launch vehicle.

In this image you see the Launcher Assembly Building (BAL) which is 20 m tall, 112 m long and 41 m wide, located some 1 km away from the launch zone. It is used for launch vehicle horizontal integration and preparation before rollout to the launch zone.

 
Credits: ESA - S. Corvaja
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: SgtPoivre on 07/12/2018 02:04 PM
Test stand ready for P120C static firing

The propulsion test stand (BEAP) has been prepared for the P120C solid rocket development motor for a static firing test in July 2018.

The P120C, designed as boosters on Ariane 6 and as the first stage for Vega-C, is the largest single-unit, carbon-fibre solid-propellant motor ever built.

Its development relies on innovative technologies derived from the P80, Vega’s current first stage motor.

 
Credits: ESA - S. Corvaja
Does anyone know if there will be a live streaming of this test ? On ESA website for example?
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/16/2018 12:58 PM
Test conducted!
https://twitter.com/arianespaceceo/status/1018840192696938497

Article:
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/07/static-fire-test-europes-p120c-rocket-motor/
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Rik ISS-fan on 07/16/2018 04:23 PM
While we wait for fotage of the P120c static firing test; another video for distraction.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Ik3rYOx4LiU (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Ik3rYOx4LiU)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: bolun on 07/16/2018 05:05 PM
SUCCESSFUL FIRST TEST FIRING FOR THE P120C SOLID ROCKET MOTOR FOR ARIANE 6 AND VEGA-C
 
Kourou, 16 July 2018

• A successful test firing of 135 seconds conducted on the BEAP test bench in Kourou, French Guiana
• P120C – the largest monolithic carbon-fiber solid rocket motor (SRM) in the world – is loaded with 142 tons of propellant
• P120C will equip the boosters of both Ariane 62 and Ariane 64 and the Vega-C first stage ; 35 motors to be produced annually

The P120C was successfully tested on 13 July in Kourou, French Guiana, on the BEAP test bench for solid rocket motors, operated by the French space agency CNES. This successful test of the first P120C ever produced is a major step in the development of the future European launchers, Ariane 6 and Vega-C. The P120C, co-developed by ArianeGroup and Avio, on behalf of their 50/50 joint venture Europropulsion, is the world’s largest monolithic carbon fiber SRM. The program for the development of Ariane 6 and Vega-C was decided on at the European Space Agency (ESA) Ministerial Council in 2014.

Two further test stand firings will follow to qualify this motor before the first flight of Vega-C in 2019 and that of Ariane 6 in 2020.

With major investments required for producing solid-propellant motors, the P120C is a perfect example of rationalization, since it will equip both Ariane 6 (in both its two-booster Ariane 62 and its four-booster Ariane 64 versions) and the first stage of Vega-C. This will allow up to 35 motors to be produced every year, making optimal use of industrial infrastructures on the European continent and in French Guiana, thus meeting the goals of the Ariane 6 and Vega-C programs: optimized costs, shorter cycles owing to a simplified design, and the application of innovative technologies and processes.

The P120C consists of two principal parts. The first is the structural casing, built by Avio and made of carbon fiber (filament-wound, automated fabric layup pre-impregnated epoxy sheets). The second part is the nozzle, built by ArianeGroup and made of various composite materials, including carbon/carbon; it allows very high speed ejection of the extremely hot gases (3,000°C) generated by the motor, thus creating thrust by transforming the combustion gas energy into kinetic energy. The latter can also pivot, which enables the launcher to be piloted.

The P120C in figures:

• Motor length: 13.5 m Average thrust: 4,500 kN
• Diameter: 3.4 m Specific impulse: 278.5 s
• Propellant mass: 142 t Combustion time: 135 s
• Motor dry mass: 11t
• Motor case mass: 8.3 t

http://www.avio.com/en/press-release/successful-first-test-firing-for-the-p120c-solid-rocket-motor-for-ariane-6-and-vega-c/
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: bolun on 07/16/2018 05:17 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4r_1db6xYo
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: catdlr on 07/16/2018 08:24 PM
P120C Firing Test

AvioGroup
Published on Jul 16, 2018

The P120C solid rocket motor was successfully tested on the bench test at the European spaceport in Kourou (French Guiana). This successful test is a major step in the development of the future European launchers, Ariane 6 and Vega-C. Avio played a fundamental role in developing the P120C, the world’s largest monolithic carbon fiber solid rocket motor, by manufacturing it at its own site in Colleferro (Rome).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8ODELsDsr0?t=001

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8ODELsDsr0
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: calapine on 07/25/2018 11:25 PM
A new video animation by Arianegroup, mostly showcasing the Vinci's capabilities for constellations and deployment to different inclinations:

Ariane 6's amazing re-ignitable Vinci® engine (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quCAAnF-2i8)


Update on Ariane 6 in French, focusing mostly on the changes to CSG:

[Reportage] Ariane 6 : lancement en approche (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pARYly51IM)

What was new for me is the claim that building climatisation was the single biggest cost factor at the CSG. Thus the benefit of horizontal integration leading to therefor smaller building volume.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: starbase on 07/26/2018 02:11 PM
Arianespace launchers will get an autonomous range safety system, named Kassav. It will be first tested on Ariane 5 in late 2019 (Kassav 1) and incorporated into Ariane 6 and Vega C from the beginning, reaching maturity (Kassav 2) by 2021.

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LYON, France—French space agency CNES has tapped Zodiac Data Systems for the development of an autonomous range safety system at Arianespace’s Kourou, French Guiana launch site, thus making the destruction of an off-course launcher an automated process.

Thus far, the termination of a flight—thanks to onboard explosives—has been decided by the leader of a team of four on the ground. The new system, dubbed Kassav, will be on board the launcher. It will use an inertial measurement unit (IMU), combined with dual Galileo and GPS positioning.

Such a hybrid arrangement provides enough precision and is cheaper than a dual IMU, Jean-Marie Astorg, CNES’ head of launchers, explains to Aerospace DAILY. Kassav will be independent from the rest of the rocket, having its own battery and radio connections.

In its first phase, Kassav 1, the new system will be limited to launcher tracking. It is planned to be inaugurated in late 2019 on a heavy-lift Ariane 5. It also will be part of the Callisto reusable demonstrator in 2020.

The full-capability Kassav 2 is scheduled to be used on an Ariane 5 or Ariane 6 in 2021, Astorg says. Kassav also will be integrated onto the Vega C light launcher.

CNES is expecting greater safety and reduced costs. Eventually, the agency will dispose of the three radars currently used for launcher tracking. The current organization involves a long reconfiguration between two flights. Being autonomous, the new system is expected to help cut the interval to three days, from 11.

As the operator of the Guiana Space Center, CNES is responsible “on behalf of the French government, for the safety of people and property on each launch from the base,” CNES’ website reads. The decision not to terminate Ariane 5 flight VA241 when it lifted off on a wrong trajectory in January sparked a debate in French Guiana and the European space industry. CNES has been working for an automated system for years, Astorg says.

Source: https://twitter.com/AviationWeek/status/1022421592884830209
http://aviationweek.com/space/arianespace-launchers-get-autonomous-range-safety-system
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Aurora on 07/31/2018 08:16 PM
Question:  Would this new Kassav automated termination system have terminated the AV241 flight in January?
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 08/01/2018 04:10 PM
Question:  Would this new Kassav automated termination system have terminated the AV241 flight in January?
No. The red box for Kassav is larger than the current one.
Also, Kassav is taking into account vehicle "health".
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: calapine on 08/03/2018 10:51 PM
As Addendum to the previous posts:

Kassav stands for Kit Autonome de Sécurité pour la SAuvegarde en Vol
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 08/06/2018 10:23 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2fNOfO1_2g (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2fNOfO1_2g)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: eeergo on 08/07/2018 12:11 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4r_1db6xYo

New drone footage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho9JvUv0dyM
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: calapine on 08/15/2018 07:54 PM
Ariane 6 is nearing completion, but Europe’s work is far from over

https://spacenews.com/ariane-6-is-nearing-completion-but-europes-work-is-far-from-over/
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: tobi453 on 08/22/2018 03:04 PM
Question:  Would this new Kassav automated termination system have terminated the AV241 flight in January?
No. The red box for Kassav is larger than the current one.
Also, Kassav is taking into account vehicle "health".

Yes it would have terminated the flight. Flying over the beach at Kourou is not an option.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Chasm on 08/23/2018 02:08 AM
So is there a finally a report saying that the flight meet the destruct criteria?
Or is that still a common sense opinion?
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: tobi453 on 08/23/2018 12:00 PM
We know from the Falcon 9 accidents, that a rocket can explode at any time without any warning. Letting it fly over (or close to) inhabited area just because there is currently no issue with the launcher, is not safe.

It just shows that CNES was (or still is?) not taking ground safety seriously at CSG.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: brickmack on 08/23/2018 02:00 PM
Destruct isn't exactly perfectly safe either though, especially with solids (what happens if an SRB doesn't blow up, and is now flying uncontrolled? Thats way worse than an off-nominal but functioning rocket). Whats the debris radius from that sort of explosion anyway? There will be some time where that radius passes over the populated area in question, can the anomaly be detected and an abort triggered before that happens? If so, then abort is the correct decision. If the debris zone is *currently* over people, given a rocket as otherwise reliable as Ariane 5 you're probably better off letting it do its thing. And after the debris zone has passed over (assuming there is only 1 inhabited area being crossed, which IIRC was the case on that mission), theres not really any risk from letting the launch continue anyway
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: woods170 on 08/23/2018 06:53 PM
Folks, I was reminded that this is the UPDATES thread. So I moved my own discussion post to the DISCUSSION (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=31494.0) thread.
Please take your own discussion posts there too.
Thanks.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Rik ISS-fan on 09/07/2018 12:02 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYhY0y1niBs (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYhY0y1niBs)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: SciNews on 09/10/2018 07:03 PM
Press releases
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Arianespace to launch the CSO-3 satellite with Ariane 6 for France’s CNES and DGA
Arianespace has signed the third CSO satellite’s launch services contract with the French CNES space agency.

Arianespace today announced the launch services contract signature with CNES for the CSO-3 satellite, which will be launched aboard the future Ariane 6 launch vehicle – in its A62 version – from the Guiana Space Center. This option already was included in the previously-signed launch contract for the CSO-1 and CSO-2 satellites on missions using the Soyuz launcher.

The CSO (Composante Spatiale Optique) is a very-high-resolution satellite system comprising several new-generation optical detection satellites. It is a follow-on to the current Helios II system, and will ensure the continuity of French intelligence based on very-high-definition images, while also improving detection capabilities.

The CSO system is being developed within the scope of MUSIS (Multinational Space-based Imaging System), a program conducted by the DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement), which chose CNES as contracting authority to procure the satellites and launch services.

CNES also is prime contractor for the mission control and programming center, along with the satellites’ orbital positioning and routine operations, while the DGA is in charge of supplying the ground segment. CNES and the DGA are working as an integrated team in overseeing system integration.

CNES chose Airbus Defence and Space to build the satellites, with Thales Alenia Space producing the optical imaging instruments.

Following the contract signature, Stéphane Israël, Arianespace Chief Executive Officer said: “ We are very honored that the DGA and CNES have entrusted us with the launch of CSO-3 using our future Ariane 6 launcher. This latest institutional mission – the first for which France has chosen Ariane 6 – marks a further step forward in the confirmation of this new launcher for European institutional users.”
http://www.arianespace.com/press-release/arianespace-to-launch-the-cso-3-satellite-with-ariane-6-for-frances-cnes-and-dga/

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Ariane 6 accelerates as Arianespace signs first commercial GEO multiple-launch contract, plus a new institutional mission
World Satellite Business Week 2018


Arianespace is present at World Satellite Business Week (WSBW) from September 10 to 14 in Paris, confirming the attractiveness of its launcher family with the announcement of two contracts for Ariane 6: the first with Eutelsat as part of a launch services agreement involving five satellites; and the second with France’s CNES space agency and the country’s DGA defense procurement agency for the CSO-3 satellite. A third contract also was signed recently with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) for Ariane 5 missions to orbit two satellites.

Arianespace’s backlog is now 59 launches to be carried out during the coming years, including three on Vega C and five on Ariane 6 – the new launchers slated to make their maiden flights in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

Stéphane Israël, Chief Executive Officer of Arianespace, will participate in the WSBW roundtable entitled: “Accelerating Access to Space” on Tuesday, September 11 at 4:00 p.m.

First multi-launch commercial contract with GEO satellites for Ariane 6, along with its third institutional mission

As World Satellite Business Week opened its doors, Arianespace and Eutelsat announced the signature of a multi-year multiple-launch agreement concerning five satellites to be launched through 2027, making Eutelsat the first commercial Ariane 6 customer with geostationary orbit satellite payloads. For institutional missions, after the two launch contracts signed in 2017 for the European Commission and ESA’s Galileo constellation, CNES and the DGA have chosen the A62 version of Ariane 6 (with two boosters) to launch their CSO-3 satellite. These orders clearly reflect the competitiveness and versatility of Ariane 6, which will be available in two versions to handle all orbits and multiple payload configurations under the fairing.

Ariane 5 also confirmed its continued attractiveness, as Arianespace signed a contract with India’s ISRO space agency for the launch of two geostationary satellites: GSAT-30 and GSAT-31.

In total, and taking into account the signing of a contract with B-SAT during the first half of 2018 to launch BSAT-4b with Ariane 5 – as well as several contracts for the Proof of Concept (POC) flight of the Small Satellite Launch System (SSMS) on Vega – Arianespace’s order book value has reached more than €4.9 billion. This corresponds to 59 launches: 17 Ariane 5s, five with Ariane 6, 28 with Soyuz and nine with Vega/Vega C.

With nearly one-third of these launches for the European institutions, Arianespace reaffirms its mission to provide Europe with reliable and independent access to space while also confirming its export success.

A contract also is expected to be signed with the South Korean space agency (KARI) on September 20 in Daejeon for a satellite to be lofted by Vega C.

13 satellites orbited by Ariane, Soyuz and Vega since January 2018

Arianespace has carried out five launches since the start of 2018 for both institutional and commercial customers, clearly reflecting the versatility of its launcher family and services. The 13 satellites launched weighed a cumulated total of 25 metric tons and they are performing communications, navigation, science and Earth observation missions. From January to August 2018:

Three Ariane 5 launchers orbited four geostationary communications satellites for SES, Yahsat, Avanti Communications and SKY Perfect JSAT/Japanese Ministry of Defense, along with four satellites in the Galileo navigation constellation for the European Commission and ESA,
A Soyuz orbited four satellites in SES’s O3b constellation, and
A Vega launched ESA’s Aeolus science satellite, which will support sustainable development.
Six more launches are scheduled during the remaining four months of the year, with two upcoming missions being highly symbolic:

The 100th Ariane 5 launch, scheduled for September 25, will loft Horizons 3e for Intelsat and SKY Perfect JSAT, and Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 for Azercosmos and Intelsat.
BepiColombo, a mission to explore the planet Mercury, for ESA in partnership with the Japanese space agency (JAXA), to be launched by an Ariane 5 on October 19.
Ariane 6 and Vega C: getting closer!

Development of the new members of Arianespace’s launcher family is proceeding apace, with first missions planned in 2019 for Vega C and 2020 for Ariane 6. A milestone took place on July 16 with a successful first hot firing test of the P120C solid rocket motor, which will equip the strap-on boosters for Ariane 62 and Ariane 64, as well as Vega C’s first stage. This followed a series of successful tests of the Vulcain 2.1 main stage engine and Vinci upper stage engine for Ariane 6, along with progress toward Maturity Gate 7 (the critical design review) – which is planned by year-end.

European institutions also have reached major milestones in their commitment to Ariane 6 and Vega C. After the European Commission announced its proposed ambitious space budget for the upcoming decade, an ESA Council meeting in June confirmed funding for the transition period between Ariane 5 and Ariane 6. In addition to the four government contracts already signed for Europe’s new launchers (three for Ariane 6 and one for Vega C), the commitment of European governments to all missions identified during the transition phase is a key to the sustainable success of these launchers.
http://www.arianespace.com/press-release/ariane-6-accelerates-as-arianespace-signs-first-commercial-geo-multiple-launch-contract-plus-a-new-institutional-mission/

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Eutelsat signs long-term multiple-launch service agreement with Arianespace

Paris, 10 September 2018 – Arianespace and Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) have concluded a long-term multiple-launch service agreement on the occasion of the World Satellite Business Week in Paris.

The agreement covers five launches until 2027 and will provide Eutelsat with assured access to space with schedule flexibility at cost effective prices. With this agreement, Eutelsat is the first commercial customer to sign up to Ariane 6, Arianespace’s next-generation launch vehicle, expected to start service from 2020.

This new long-term commitment builds on the previous contract signed by Eutelsat and Arianespace in February 2013, which was expanded in 2017. Under these earlier agreements, three future Eutelsat satellites, EUTELSAT 7C, EUTELSAT QUANTUM and KONNECT, are already scheduled for launch on Ariane 5.

Rodolphe Belmer, CEO of Eutelsat Communications, said: “We are proud to be the first operator to commit to Ariane 6. This emblematic European programme will further enhance our ability to gain access to space in a timely, competitive and reliable manner. It strengthens our relationship with our long-standing partner, Arianespace, which has already been entrusted with the launch of half of our fleet. Furthermore, it illustrates the key role of Eutelsat in the development of the space sector, while underpinning our commitment to enhancing the efficiency of our satellite programmes.”

Stéphane Israël, CEO of Arianespace added: "We are delighted that Eutelsat has chosen Arianespace to launch five of its upcoming satellites, in addition to the three already in our order book. With this multi-launch agreement, Eutelsat becomes the first commercial customer for Ariane 6. I would like to extend my warm thanks to Eutelsat for their confidence in Arianespace and our Ariane 6 launch vehicle. At the same time, their selection clearly shows Arianespace’s ability to offer our customers long-term partnerships and increasingly flexible solutions.”
http://news.eutelsat.com/pressreleases/eutelsat-signs-long-term-multiple-launch-service-agreement-with-arianespace-2683504
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: eeergo on 09/14/2018 12:58 PM
Timelapse of the launch table, assembled in CSG over the last few months, being rolled onto its final position at the pad: https://twitter.com/Ariane6/status/1040524948576641024
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Rik ISS-fan on 11/07/2018 08:07 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rLYJtIjzRc (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rLYJtIjzRc)
Tomorrow (8 Nov.) a new production facility will be opened by a prime minister. I'll post English news items if I find them.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: M129K on 11/09/2018 02:43 PM
New production facility in Oegstgeest, Netherlands was opened yesterday by Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte.

https://twitter.com/AirbusSpace/status/1060567664815497216
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: Rik ISS-fan on 11/11/2018 04:01 PM
I waited for a nicer tweet:
https://twitter.com/AirbusSpace/status/1060856429337346048 (https://twitter.com/AirbusSpace/status/1060856429337346048)
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: SciNews on 12/06/2018 12:33 PM
ESA: Ariane 6 on the way to flight http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Transportation/Ariane_6_on_the_way_to_flight
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/10/2018 12:18 PM
https://twitter.com/ariane6/status/1071719112466939906

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Watch out, launch pads coming through! The #Ariane6 future launch site is growing everyday 🏗️🚀 Thanks to @esa_sts and @CNES for these aerial photos from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, taken on Nov 23. Credit: 2018 – ESA/CNES – Sentinel: G. Berthier
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: bolun on 12/10/2018 05:01 PM
ESA: Ariane 6 on the way to flight

http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Transportation/Ariane_6_on_the_way_to_flight

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This has been an intense year for Ariane 6 development, with progress boosted across Europe: plants are manufacturing new parts using novel methods, all engines have been tested, and the construction of launch facilities is well underway.

ESA has worked with an industrial network led by prime contractor ArianeGroup, of more than 600 companies in 13 European countries, including 350 small- and medium-sized enterprises, to fine-tune the design and start production. Meanwhile, France’s CNES space agency has been preparing its launch facilities at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.

Details on all these activities were recently shared at the 69th International Astronautical Congress in Bremen, Germany – downloadable here (.pdf) – along with two papers submitted to the congress: launch system (.pdf) and launcher system (.pdf), here are the highlights.
Title: Re: ESA - Ariane 6 Updates
Post by: SciNews on 12/11/2018 02:37 PM
New video of ELA4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RumhXHGGM4