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- Type: VAB
- Class: ship
- Part Count: 37
- Mods: 5
- Bluedog DB
- Contares Common
- New TantaresLV
- Squad (stock)
The Ariane 5 was developed and built in the 1990s as a heavy lifter replacement for highly successful Ariane 4 as well as being able to lift nearly double its payload. It continues to be the heavy lifter backbone of the ESA and has had over 80 successful missions with only 2 partial failures and 2 complete failures. It will continue to operate through 2023 with its eventual replacement by the Ariane 6. The ECB variant, also known as the ME (Mid-life evolution) was planned as a stop-gap measure to allow the Ariane 6’s upper stage, the Vinci, to be used on the Ariane 5 and to allow for greater payloads that would eventually be taken over by the Ariane 6. The ESA decided that with the Ariane 6’s debut in the near future they would abandon development on the ECB/ME variant and focus entirely on the Ariane 6.
The Aliyana 5C-ESB is an approximation of the plans for the Ariane 4-ECB that has never actually been flown. It is a pretty simple modification of the Aliyana 5B-ECA with the replacement of the upper stage with a more efficient and powerful engine which gives 50% more thrust.The main engine and boosters are fired together with the boosters being exhausted in the lower upper atmosphere and the main engine continuing the ascent. It is designed to lift payloads of 6-8 tonnes into MKO (Medium Kerbin Orbit) or HKO (High Kerbin Orbit) for pretty much any desired inclination. The second stage may be optional for your mission or could be used to make last-minute orbital changes.
The included payload is a 6.7t experimental satellite meant for either MKO or HKO although the available thrust could probably put it into the orbits of the Mun, Minmus or even Kerbol itself. I recommend that any payload includes its own propulsion so that you can fine-tune your orbit.
Built in the VAB in KSP version 1.3.0.
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