ARIEL & Comet Interceptor

Overview

Destination: Sun-Earth L2
Mission: Planetary Science

Sun-Earth L2 Ariane Launch Area 4 Kourou, French Guiana

Atmospheric Remote‐sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large‐survey mission (ARIEL) is an ESA telescope. During a 4-year mission, ARIEL will observe 1000 planets orbiting distant stars and make the first large-scale survey of the chemistry of exoplanet atmospheres. For a select number of exoplanets, ARIEL will also perform a deep survey of their cloud systems and study seasonal and daily atmospheric variations. ARIEL shares the ride with another ESA mission, Comet Interceptor. It consists of three spacecraft which will be positioned at the Sun-Earth Lagrange point L2, where they will wait for a long-period comet or an interstellar object to come by. Once the desired target appears, the spacecraft will separate and perform a flyby of the target, compiling a detailed 3D profile of a comet.

Ariane 62

Family: Ariane
Configuration: 62

The Ariane 6 family is currently under development by the European Space Agency, with two variations including the Ariane 62 with two solid boosters intended for government and scientific missions.

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Specifications
  • Stages
    2
  • Length
    63.0 m
  • Diameter
    5.4 m
  • Fairing Diameter
    5.4 m
  • Launch Mass
    530 T
  • Thrust
    10370 kN
Family
  • Name
    Ariane 62
  • Family
    Ariane
  • Variant
    62
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Ariane 62
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $85000000
  • Low Earth Orbit
    10350 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
    5000 kg
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity
    6450 kg

Arianespace

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CEO: Stéphane Israël Founded: 1980 Successes: 142 Failures: 8 Pending: 32

Agency Type: Commercial

Arianespace SA is a multinational company founded in 1980 as the world's first commercial launch service provider. It undertakes the production, operation, and marketing of the Ariane programme. Their vehicles launch exclusively from French Guiana in South America.

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Kourou, French Guiana

Ariane Launch Area 4


Long March 3
Success
5 hours, 17 minutes ago
Tiantong-1-03
Launch Complex 2 (LC-2) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

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LauncherOne
Success
2 days, 2 hours ago
Launch Demo 2 (VCLS ELaNa XX)
Mojave Air and Space Port - Air launch to orbit

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New Shepard
Success
5 days, 4 hours ago
NS-14
West Texas Suborbital Launch Site/ Corn Ranch - Corn Ranch, USA

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Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
1 week, 4 days ago
Türksat 5A
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

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Soyuz STA
Success
3 weeks ago
CSO-2
Soyuz Launch Complex - Kourou, French Guiana

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Long March 4C
Success
3 weeks, 2 days ago
Long March 4C
Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Long March 8
Success
4 weeks ago
XJY-7 & others
Wenchang - Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

XJY-7 is an undisclosed Chinese government payload for the first launch of Long March 8


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
1 month ago
NROL-108
Launch Complex 39A - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

Classified payload for NRO.


Soyuz 2.1B
Success
1 month ago
OneWeb 4
Cosmodrome Site 1S - Vostochny Cosmodrome, Siberia, Russian Federation

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PSLV-XL
Success
1 month ago
CMS-01 (GSAT-12R)
Satish Dhawan Space Centre First Launch Pad - Sriharikota, Republic of India

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