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Ariane 44P

Ariane 44P

Background Information
First Launch:
November 1990
Flight Rate:
9-12 Ariane 4s per year
Launch Site:
ELA-2 (Kourou, French Guiana)
Capability:
14,300 lb to LEO; 7,500 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

  • Three-stage vehicle with four strap-on solid boosters
  • Stage 1 burns UH25/N2O4 in four Viking V engines, generating a total thrust of 674,430 lb
  • Stage 2 burns UH25/N2O4 in a Viking IV engine, generating 179,848 lb of thrust
  • Stage 3 burns LH2/LO2 in a HM-7B engine, generating 14,163 lb of thrust
  • Four solid strap-ons burn CTPB, generating 146,127 lb of thrust each

Profile

Length:
187 ft (28 ft fairing)
Launch Weight:
788,419 lb
Diameter:
12.5 ft (stage 1)
Liftoff Thrust:
1,258,936 lb
Payload Fairing:
28-41 ft x 13 ft

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Originally created by John Pike
Updated Saturday, July 18, 1998 11:39:04 AM