ArianeGroup has successfully test-fired its second P120C solid rocket motor, a step forward toward initial launches of the Vega-C light satellite launcher late this year and the Ariane 6 heavy satellite launcher in 2020, the launcher that will ultimately replace the long-serving and successful Ariane 5 launch vehicle.
The P120C, equipped to gather data on over 600 parameters and mounted vertically on a CNES (French space agency) test stand known as BEAP at the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, fired for 135 seconds in a successful test that moves the program forward toward its third and last test later this year and the first launch campaign for the Vega-C at the end of 2019.
Le 2ème essai à feu du moteur P120C s'est déroulé hier soir avec succès ! 135 secondes Centre spatial guyanais, Kourou boosters #Ariane6, 1er étage Vega-C https://t.co/hmx4cCb2I9 pic.twitter.com/mIuEE0M2LM
— CNES (@CNES) January 29, 2019
In July 2020, the ArianeGroup’s new flagship launch vehicle, the Ariane 6, also including the P120C in its configuration, is scheduled to follow with its first test launch.
The test of qualification motor 1 (QM-1) came six months after the all-new P120C’s first test, the firing of the development motor (DM) ...