The Ariane 44LP rocket
Posted: Feb. 15, 2000
The Ariane 4 has become the world's workhorse commercial launch vehicle. Arianespace has captured over half of the commercial satellite launch market.
The Ariane 44LP vehicle is one of six family members in Arianespace's Ariane 4 rocket fleet. All six versions use the same three-stage liquid-fueled core rocket. The 44LP is distinguished with its combination of two liquid-fueled and two solid-fueled strap-on boosters attached to the first stage.
The Ariane 4 family's payload lift performance to geosynchronous transfer orbit ranges from 2,000 kg. to 4,900 kg. The Ariane 44LP can carry payloads up to 4,330 kg.
Ariane 44LP its maiden flight in June 1988 on Flight 22, becoming the first Ariane 4 rocket to fly. For the launch of Superbird 4 on Flight 127, this will be 23rd use of an Ariane 44LP.
Overall for Flight 127, the Ariane 44LP stands 54.2 meters tall. At liftoff the rocket will weigh 418 tons and produce 5,270 kN of thrust.
Flight data file
Vehicle: Ariane 44LP
Payload: Superbird 4
Launch date: Feb. 17, 2000
Launch window: 0104-0155 (8:04-8:55 p.m. EST on 16th)
Launch site: ELA-2, Kourou, French Guina
Launch timeline - Chart with times and descriptions of the events to occur during launch.
Purpose of Superbird 4 - Satellite to meet growing communications needs of Asia-Pacific.
The Superbird 4 satellite - Overview of the Hughes-built HS601 HP model spacecraft.
Explore the Net
Arianespace - European launch services provider that uses Ariane 4 and 5 rockets to carry satellites into space.
Space Communications Corp. - Tokyo-based company that will operate Superbird 4 once in space.
Hughes Space and Communications - U.S. manufacturer of Galaxy 10R satellite.
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