PUBLISHED DECEMBER 21, 2016
Air Liquide has signed several contracts for the supply of cryogenic equipments for the propulsion of the future European launcher Ariane 6, as well as for the design and production of the cryogenic fluid systems of the new Ariane Launcher System (ELA4) of the Guiana Space Center. The contracts for the sale of those equipments, amounting to more than €100 million, will be executed over the next three years.
Air Liquide will support the CNES (National Center for Space Studies) and Airbus Safran Launchers (ASL) in the development aboard and on the ground of the future launcher Ariane 6. The Group will be in charge of cryogenic studies, and will notably design and manufacture the cryogenic lines of the tanks of the main and upper stages of the launcher, which contain 175 tonnes of liquid hydrogen and oxygen. On the Kourou launch pad in Guiana, Air Liquide was also chosen for the design of equipment for the distribution of cryogenic fluids - oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and helium - required for the propulsion of the new ELA4 launcher system dedicated to Ariane 6.