This is how the Ariane 6 rocket was launched on its maiden flight | News

This is how the Ariane 6 rocket was launched on its maiden flight | News
This is how the Ariane 6 rocket was launched on its maiden flight | News

With the assembly of the two parts of the rocket ready and the completion of the take-off test to verify the operation of the engine, the European Space Agency (ESA) has moved forward on its path to defining the launch date of the Ariane 6 rocket, which took place on July 9.

The live broadcast started at 12:30 (Peruvian time):

This promising rocket It has the latest technology to improve its performance in space. The launch of the Ariane 6 rocket inaugurated the era of European space transport autonomy and will allow this region to pursue its own ambitions with regard to the study of the universe.

Relive the exact moment of the launch of the Ariane 6 rocket:

The power on testcarried out on 22 November, reproduced how the Ariane 6 core stage would be ignited during a normal flight into space. Once this flight was complete, the main engine would be switched off and the core stage would separate. This test was carried out on the launch pad of the European Spaceport in French Guiana and was the longest and most comprehensive to date.

Another important point is the operation of the engine, because during the previous tests, the engine Vulcan 2.1 The Ariane 6 engine burned nearly 150 tonnes of fuel in the core stage tanks. This engine is an evolution of the Vulcain 2 engine that made the Ariane 5 the most successful European launch system to date. According to the European Space Agency, it took more than two hours and several teams of people to load fuel into the rocket’s central core.

In the afternoon, ESA confirmed that the first phase had been completed.

The launch is not over yet. “We are now awaiting phase 2, which will test Ariane 6’s most innovative feature: the re-ignition of the upper stage. The eight satellites will then be released from the rocket and its five onboard experiments will be activated,” ESA said on Twitter (now X).

What is Ariane 6?

Ariane 6 was built in two versions, depending on what was required of the rocket: Ariane 62, which had two supplementary boosters, and Ariane 64, which had four.

In addition, Ariane 62 will be able to carry up to 4,500 kilograms into geostationary transfer orbit or 10,300 kilograms into low Earth orbit. Meanwhile, Ariane 64 can launch approximately 11,500 kilograms into geostationary transfer orbit and 20,600 kilograms into low Earth orbit.

The Ariane 6 rocket It will measure 60 meters and will weigh approximately 900 tons when completed and taking off. It consists of three stages: two or four boosters, an upper platform and a lower platform.

The lower deck propels Ariane 6 during the first phase of flight, reaching 135 tons of thrust. The upper deck, on the other hand, is powered by the Vinci engine powered by oxygen and hydrogen.

The main body of the rocket was previously connected to the boosters in the launch area.

As Ariane 6 soars into the sky from Europe’s spaceport at Kourou in French Guiana, activity on the ground continues. The launch control team at Kourou monitors the incoming data from ground stations along the rocket’s flight path, receiving telemetry as it passes overhead at speeds of up to 28,000 km per hour.

“Ground station tracking is the only way to obtain information from a launcher and ensure safety on the ground,” says Gerhard Billig, Launcher Tracking Service Manager, at ESA’s ESOC operations centre in Germany.

“It is crucial to monitor the health and performance of the launcher during key flight stages, such as the active acceleration and payload separation phases. Once the launch is complete, this monitoring data can be used to fine-tune its performance, making future launches even more accurate and reliable,” ESA said in a statement.

JRA

Published: 9/7/2024

 
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