Recent tests … The entire Ariane 6 development effort was expected to cost nearly $5 billion.
Things are shaping up at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana in preparation for Ariane 6. Ariane 6, Space Launch System, New Glenn, and Vulcan all have 2020 launch dates.
One mission ESA will propose additional financial support for is the first launch of the larger Ariane 6 version: the Ariane 64, which has four strap-on boosters. The new launch complex was expected to cost more than $850 million.
The first Ariane 6 launch will fly in the Ariane 62 configuration, with two solid rocket boosters augmenting thrust from the rocket’s core stage Vulcain 2.1 main engine. Rockets from the Ariane family have accumulated 251 launches since 1979, 239 of which were successful, yielding a 95.2% success rate. Ariane 64 Design as of November 2015
The Vulcain® 2.1 engine, developed by ArianeGroup to power the main stage of the Ariane 6 launcher, for which the maiden flight is scheduled for 2020, has just been successfully tested by the DLR (German Aerospace Center) on the P5 test facility at its site in Lampoldshausen, Germany on behalf of ArianeGroup. Ariane 6 already signs its first customers – News of September 25, 2018 – Ariane 6 is expected to make its first flight in 2020.
The new Ariane 6 will require an all-new launch complex, which will include a 100 meter tall vertical assembly building.
With Ariane 6 (62 and 64) using the P120c solid motor as boosters, the motor will also be the first stage of the Vega C. This will provide the company with three platforms for specific customers. To ensure quality results in this fast-paced program, for Ariane 6 ArianeGroup has chosen an ingenious combination of proven solutions and cutting-edge innovations. We learned on September 10 that Ariane 6 already has its first commercial customers. Live coverage and the most up-to-date schedule of all upcoming Ariane 6 launches. Ariane is still waiting for ESA to make a bulk order, which would allow the launch of the first batch of 10 to 15 launchers.
Development of the propulsion systems is on track for Ariane 6’s first date with the launchpad, scheduled for next year.
Take a tour of the launch complex and its various facilities. Design Evolves in 2015. Eric Berger - Jul 24, 2018 5:20 pm UTC Enlarge / The Falcon Heavy is just the beginning of …