Airbus & ArianeGroup have signed an agreement for the next transition batch of Ariane 6 large carbon fiber structures.
The contract includes the manufacturing and supply of innovative, large, lightweight structures for the next fourteen Ariane 6 launchers, to be manufactured until 2025. The contract will help ArianeGroup ramp up to a full production rate by then.
Airbus builds up to 4 carbon fiber structures for each ArianeGroup launcher at its Getafe site, around Madrid. The new state-of-the-art 4.0 industrial facility includes a dedicated manufacturing and assembly line for the Ariane 6 launcher structures.
The latest technology innovations have resulted in a decreased mass while delivering a stronger structure in a single work at a lower cost. The Interface Structure (upper and lower) is the biggest space carbon fiber structure ever produced in Europe. The other structures include the Launch Vehicle Adapter, for the upper stage; and the Equipped Solid Rocket upper part of each rocket booster.
Luis Guerra, head of Space Systems at Airbus in Spain
“Signing this agreement is a significant step forward, not only for Airbus and its launcher activities in Spain but for the overall ArianeGroup 6 program,” stated Luis Guerra, head of Space Systems at Airbus in Spain. “It demonstrates that Spanish participation is key to the future of Ariane 6 and what is next in space for Europe.”
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“Following the signature of the exploitation contracts with Sabca, Europropulsion, Avio, and MTAerospace, this contract with Airbus is a new and key step towards a strong Ariane 6 European team,” stated Stephane Nogatchewsky, Head of Procurement of ArianeGroup.
“While the inaugural flight of Ariane 6 is getting closer and the industrial ramp-up is intensifying, this collaboration is a positive and critical milestone for the future of Ariane 6 operations. Also, unifying European actors is paramount to confirm further Ariane 6 industrial robustness, and competitiveness and preserve European autonomous access to space.”
The Ariane 6 program is the only European asset that permits independent access to space for strategic missions, and the flexibility to launch both heavy and light payloads to a wide range of orbits for applications such as Earth observation, telecommunication, meteorology, science, and navigation.
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