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Launcher Roll-out for Rehearsal

Launcher Roll-out for Rehearsal

18 November 1999

On 17 November Ariane 504 left the Integration Building where its main cryogenic stage and solid propellant boosters had been mated and where the vehicle equipment bay (the electronic brains of the launcher), and upper stage had been prepared for flight.

Above: seen at a distance from one of the viewing sites, Ariane 504 has just left the Vehicle Integration Building.
In the distance is the Ariane 4 integration building, and on the right one has a glimpse of the second Ariane 5 launch table with its brown umbilical mast

Right: Ariane 504 on its launch table with the umbilical tower

Rolling out on its launch table, Ariane 504 thus lacked only its satellite payload and its protective fairing. It had therefore a somewhat truncated appearance. But the spectacle was never the less grandiose for all those present.

Competition winners

Many children were amongst those watching. They are the first winners in the schools competition organised by ESA on the occasion of the launch of XMM.

The first of the 14 European winning schools were from Austria: Bundesrealgymnasium, Graz and Germany: Ignaz Kögler Gymnasium, Lech

Twelve other school groups are to visit Kourou during the next two weeks.

Seen right, explaining the rollout and the XMM mission is Gunter Hampel, the Dornier XMM Spacecraft Manager.

Breath of fresh air

Ariane 504 on its way to the launch zone, with on the left the Final Assembly Building

Before proceeding to the Final Assembly Building, Ariane 5 took a breath of fresh air. It was moved to the launch zone, a few kilometres away, for a rehearsal of the final countdown. Having accomplished this, launch operations managers are to bring back Ariane 504 on 19 November to the Final Assembly Building.
XMM and its launcher will then be for the first time under the same roof. The spacecraft will have been fitted to its payload adaptor (ACU) and positioning at the summit of Ariane 5 will be able to take place. This is scheduled for 25 November.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
20-May-2024 09:51 UT

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