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N° 47–1996: Continuation of Ariane-5 qualification

17 December 1996

Following the plan of action set in motion last September (see ESA-CNES press release of 26 September), ESA, CNES and the firms concerned have now established a detailed timetable for operations leading up to Ariane flight 502.

As each individual operation will require very close analysis, the 502 campaign is scheduled to begin on Wednesday 9 April 1997, the launch itself being planned for early July.

Given these dates, the last qualification launch of Ariane 503, managed by Arianespace, is now scheduled in November 1997.

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