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Finally live

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Now back to test bars. what.

 

 

 

French works.

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I know it's a dream, but could you imagine if tonight Arianespace was sharing a sight from a camera on board Vega? Finally.

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LOL, D.D.O. just said "le pilotage est calme" (the control is calm). Looks like he was nominally nominal.

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Launch is pretty soon (3:37 pm EST).

In French (sometimes a better feed):

 

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Already bored. I can do animations in KSP, and at least I can rotate the view.

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SSO-A yesterday. Ariane today. CRS-16 at the cape tomorrow, then Chang'e 4 at xichang , then NROL-71 at vandy.

Launch fever.

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4 minutes ago, RedKraken said:

SSO-A yesterday. Ariane today. CRS-16 at the cape tomorrow, then Chang'e 4 at xichang , then NROL-71 at vandy.

Launch fever.

I cannot wait for the day that this launch rate becomes normal!

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Nice views of the work around the 4th pad (Essemble de Lancement Ariane 4):

 

Also, I'm a bit curious about the Assembly Building.  Will Ariane 6 be assembled horizontally (?!) at first before being transferred vertically to the mobile gantry, or is it a building dedicated to support the current ELA4 assembly?

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Arianespace is cutting the price of Ariane 5 to match Ariane 6 in a bid to attract more customers.

Is Ariane 6 cheap enough to compete (when it exists)?

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It looks like it might be. Falcon 9 had its launch price reduced to 50 million recently, for 13 tons to LEO (for droneship recovery). Ariane 6 goes for 90 million, for 21 tons. 

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So dual manifest to GTO. That's competitive.

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Coverage live

 

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