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Roll out completed

Roll out completed

27 September 2003

European Spaceport, Kourou, French Guiana

One of the last major milestones in preparations for Flight 162 was completed yesterday with the rollout of the giant Ariane 5G with SMART-1 and fellow passengers to the launch zone. Everything looks set for launch tonight. The 19-minute-long launch window opens at 01:02 CEST (23:02 UT).

Rolling out of the BAF

Moving to the launch pad

Riding atop its massive mobile launch table, the Ariane 5 moved on the 2.8-kilometre-long twin rail line that links the final assembly building (BAF) with the launch zone. Once in the launch zone, the table was locked into position over the large flame ducts that direct exhaust from Ariane 5's two solid rocket motors and the core stage's Vulcain cryogenic main engine. Fuelling takes place today at the launch zone.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
18-Jun-2024 08:11 UT

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