Today the new Vinci cryogenic upper-stage engine was successfully ignited and fired for the first time. This marks a further milestone in developing a more efficient cryogenic upper-stage engine for future upgrades of the Ariane-5 launcher.
Although the test lasted just one second, engineers declared themselves to be “very satisfied with the test-data”. The test results will be evaluated during the next few weeks prior to a decision being made to gradually increase the duration of the test, in a step-by-step process.
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Airbus Safran launchers have just begun the hot-fire testing campaign for the re-ignitable VINCI? upper stage engine on the P4.1 test bench at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) in Lampoldshausen. This is a key milestone for the development of Ariane 6.
The VINCI engine is designed for the upper liquid propulsion module of the launcher, which can be deployed flexibly for a variety of missions. Once ignited, the engine burns for up to 1,000 seconds in development test. This M5R test phase will last until September 2016. Airbus Safran Launchers is the prime contractor for the Ariane 6 launcher whose initial launch is scheduled for 2020.