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Upper stage of Ariane 5 integration
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- Title Upper stage of Ariane 5 integration
- Released 16/11/2011 11:15 am
- Copyright ESA, CNES, Arianespace, Photo Optique du CSG, S. Martin
Upper composite of Ariane 5 ES that will carry ATV-3 into space in next March being assembled at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The upper composite consists of the upper stage (in this photo) with the Aestus rocket engine and 10 tonnes of propellants, the Vehicle Equipment Bay, 'the brain' of the launcher and all supporting structures interfacing with the payload.