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Ariane 2 V23
Ariane 2 V23 - Ariane 2 V23 - COSPAR 1988-040

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Family: Ariane. Country: France. Status: Hardware.

As Ariane 1 but with increased thrust first and second stage engines, 25% stretched third stage, 4 sec specific impulse improvement in third stage, larger internal payload fairing volume, and introduction of Sylda payload carrier for dual payloads. Ariane 3 added two solid rocket motor strap-ons. Payload of basic Ariane 2 to geosynchronous transfer orbit was 2,175 kg. Development was authorised in July 1980 and had a total cost of 144 million 1986 Euros.


Specifications

Launches: 17. Failures: 2. Success Rate: 88.24% pct. First Launch Date: 04 August 1984. Last Launch Date: 12 July 1989. Payload: 2,580 kg. to a: Geosynchronous transfer, 7 deg inclination trajectory. Liftoff Thrust: 516,020 kgf. Total Mass: 248,300 kg. Core Diameter: 3.8 m. Total Length: 52.0 m. Launch Price $: 42.50 million. in 1987 price dollars.


Ariane 2/3 Chronology


- 1980 July -
1984 Aug 4 - - 13:26 GMT. LV Configuration: Ariane 3 s/n V10. Launch Site: Kourou . Launch Complex: ELA1.
1984 Nov 10 - - 01:12 GMT. LV Configuration: Ariane 3 s/n V11. Launch Site: Kourou . Launch Complex: ELA1.
1985 Feb 8 - - 23:16 GMT. LV Configuration: Ariane 3 s/n V12. Launch Site: Kourou . Launch Complex: ELA1.
1985 May 8 - - 01:15 GMT. LV Configuration: Ariane 3 s/n V13. Launch Site: Kourou . Launch Complex: ELA1.
1985 Sep 12 - - 23:26 GMT. LV Configuration: Ariane 3 s/n V15. Launch Site: Kourou . Launch Complex: ELA1. FAILURE: Geosynchronous orbit injection failure. Third stage igniter cartridge failure was determined to be the most likely cause.
1986 Mar 28 - - 23:30 GMT. LV Configuration: Ariane 3 s/n V17. Launch Site: Kourou . Launch Complex: ELA2.
1986 May 31 - - 00:53 GMT. LV Configuration: Ariane 2 s/n V18. Launch Site: Kourou . Launch Complex: ELA1. FAILURE: Third stage ignition failure. Destroyed by range safety.
1987 Sep 16 - - 00:45 GMT. LV Configuration: Ariane 3 s/n V19. Launch Site: Kourou . Launch Complex: ELA1.
1987 Nov 21 - - 02:19 GMT. LV Configuration: Ariane 2 s/n V20. Launch Site: Kourou . Launch Complex: ELA2.
1988 Mar 11 - - 23:28 GMT. LV Configuration: Ariane 3 s/n V21. Launch Site: Kourou . Launch Complex: ELA1.
1988 May 18 - - 23:58 GMT. LV Configuration: Ariane 2 s/n V23. Launch Site: Kourou . Launch Complex: ELA1.
1988 Jul 21 - - 21:50 GMT. LV Configuration: Ariane 3 s/n V24. Launch Site: Kourou . Launch Complex: ELA1.
1988 Sep 8 - - 22:48 GMT. LV Configuration: Ariane 3 s/n V25. Launch Site: Kourou . Launch Complex: ELA2.
1988 Oct 28 - - 02:17 GMT. LV Configuration: Ariane 2 s/n V26. Launch Site: Kourou . Launch Complex: ELA1.
1989 Jan 27 - - 01:21 GMT. LV Configuration: Ariane 2 s/n V28. Launch Site: Kourou . Launch Complex: ELA1.
1989 Apr 2 - - 02:28 GMT. LV Configuration: Ariane 2 s/n V30. Launch Site: Kourou . Launch Complex: ELA1.
1989 Jul 12 - - 00:14 GMT. LV Configuration: Ariane 3 s/n V32. Launch Site: Kourou . Launch Complex: ELA1.

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