February 26, 2024

Webb Space Telescope’s Ariane 5 Rocket Core Stage Ready

At launch, it will consist of 175 t of liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen propellants. As part of a global collaboration agreement, ESA is offering the telescopes launch service utilizing the Ariane 5 launch car. ESAs Ariane 5, manufactured by ArianeGroup, has actually been in operation because 1996 and has actually already finished more than 100 launches from Europes Spaceport in French Guiana. Ariane 5 will deliver the James Webb Space Telescope directly into an extremely exact L2 injection orbit. Webb will then continue its journey alone for four weeks, eventually getting here 4 times further away than the Moon.

Artists impression of the James Webb Space Telescope (Webb), folded in the Ariane 5 rocket during launch from Europes Spaceport in French Guiana. Credit: ESA– D. Ducros
Ariane 5 parts are coming together in the launch car integration structure for the launch of Webb from Europes Spaceport in French Guiana.
The Ariane 5 core stage is 5.4 m size and 30.5 m high. On November 6, 2021, it was secured of its shipping container and raised vertical.
The Ariane 5 core phase is 5.4 m size and 30.5 m high. On November 6 it was gotten of its shipping container and raised vertical. Credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace
At launch, it will include 175 t of liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen propellants. With its Vulcain 2 engine it provides 140 t of thrust. It likewise offers roll control throughout the main propulsion stage. This rolling maneuver will make sure that all parts of the payload are equally exposed to the sun which will prevent overheating of any elements of Webb.

They are 3 m in diameter and 31 m high. This week they will be placed on the launch table and then anchored to the core phase.
On the countdown to launch, the Vulcain 2 engine is ignited initially. A few seconds later, when it reaches its nominal operating level, the two boosters are fired to attain a thrust of about 1364 t at liftoff.
Webb will be the largest, most effective telescope ever introduced into area. As part of a global collaboration contract, ESA is providing the telescopes launch service utilizing the Ariane 5 launch vehicle. Dealing with partners, ESA was accountable for the development and certification of Ariane 5 adjustments for the Webb objective and for the procurement of the launch service by Arianespace.
Webb is a global partnership between NASA, ESA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).
ESAs Ariane 5, made by ArianeGroup, has actually been in operation since 1996 and has actually already completed more than 100 launches from Europes Spaceport in French Guiana. Ariane 5 will deliver the James Webb Space Telescope directly into a highly accurate L2 injection orbit.
These activities mark the beginning of a five-week project to prepare the Ariane 5 launch automobile which runs in parallel with groups preparing Webb, which began 3 weeks earlier. Soon Webb will meet Ariane 5 and teams will unite for the final combination for launch.