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Ariane 44L

Ariane 44L

Background Information
First launch:
June 1988
Flight rate:
9-12 Ariane 4s per year
Launch site:
ELA-2 (Kourou, French Guiana)
Capability:
21,100 lb to LEO; 9,260 lb to GTO

History

  • European Space Agency began Ariane development in 1973
  • First Ariane flight in December 1979
  • First Ariane 4 flight in June 1988

Description

  • Stage 1 burns UH25/N2O4 in four Viking V engines, generating a total thrust of 600,700 lb
  • Stage 2 burns UH25/N2O4 in one Viking IV engine, generating 176,400 lb of thrust
  • Stage 3 burns LH2/LO2 in one HM-7B engine, generating 14,000 lb of thrust
  • Four liquid strap-ons (PAL) burn UH25/N2O4 in Viking VI engines, generating 168,500 lb of thrust each

Profile

Length:
187 ft (28 ft fairing)
Launch Weight:
1,034,000 lb
Diameter:
12.5 ft (stage 1)
Liftoff Thrust:
1,274,000 lb
Payload Fairing:
28-41 ft x 13 ft

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Updated Saturday, July 18, 1998 11:39:04 AM