LESER Takes Off
A new launchpad, including all required supply systems, is being developed for the next generation of the ARIANE carrier rocket series in French Guiana. Following a successful presentation, LESER France was approved by CNES (National Space Research Center), and a section of ESA (European Space Agency) as a supplier to the sixth generation of the launch vehicle, ARIANE VI.
The safety valves are needed to protect the tank filling process and consists out of two parts. In the conventional process, helium and nitrogen are transferred, while the cryogenic process additionally uses hydrogen. LESER was selected for the conventional process by Cegelec, and for the cryogenic process by Air Liquide.
“The stringent quality standards were a key topic throughout the project,” reports project manager Aron Beier. The total package amounted to roughly 90 safety valves with 3.300 pages of documentation and certificates.
Space mission. When new Ariane 6 rocket takes off in July 2020, LESER technology will be a part of it.