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N° 36–1994: Firming up dates for the Ariane-5 qualification flights

20 October 1994

The stage reached in Ariane-5 development means that the qualification flight dates can now be firmed up. The European Space Agency (ESA) and the French space agency (CNES), in liaison with the relevant firms, have accordingly carried out a detailed review of the Ariane-5 time schedule leading up to the 501 and 502 flights.

The Ariane-5 development programme has now entered a phase of intensive testing of the launcher's main components (P230 solid booster, H155 cryogenic stage, L9 storable- propellant stage) and the associated ground infrastructure:

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