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Ariane6 will be taking its first flight on 16th July 2020. The missile, which has been and is still under development, seeks to retire the existing Europe’s rocket Ariane5 progressively. The new word is that so far Ariane6 is right on track as its progress is smooth and remarkable. Therefore, by the year 2020, and on the set date, it should be complete and ready to start service. The exciting news in the world of rocket science is probably the fact that Ariane6 will boast of the most powerful version of the rocket, Ariane64, which are four strap-on boosters. Compared to the Ariane5, the manufacturing team expects that there will be a 40% cost reduction on Ariane6 due to the use of new materials and technology.
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The rocket is scheduled to be fitted with a brand new engine called Vinci engine. The CEO of the prime contractor company affirmed that the team of engineers involved in the manufacture of Ariane6 is currently testing the Vinci engine and it has tested it for over 100 times. The Vinci engine, which can be stopped and restarted multiple times unlike the driving force on Ariane5, will permit Ariane 6 to perform broader range missions. The rocket will also come in two flavours, that is, A62 and A64 to help it launch almost everything ranging from small telecommunications satellites constellations to giant next-generation space telescopes. Therefore, it is expected to combine the heavy-lifting duties of its predecessor with the light-lifting ones of the Russian Soyuz rocket. After dropping the satellite payload, Ariane6 is projected to manage to bring the upper-stage out of orbit helping achieve the clean space requirements of missile operators.
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Each of the flavours will consist of a hydrogen-oxygen, liquid-fuelled Vinci upper-stage and core-stage utilizing an improved version of the Vulcain engine on Ariane5. Two or four solid-fuelled boosters will be added depending on the weight of the satellite payload and its predetermined location in orbit or beyond earth. Also fitted on Ariane6 is a new range of dispensers and fairings, which are also under development. Well, at least companies, scientists and those crazy about rocket science have something to look forward to with this new information.