Vinci Engine for New Ariane 5 Upper Stage Successfully Fired

Ariane 5

SNECMA PRESS RELEASE Nov. 10, 2010

The Vinci® rocket engine, developed by Snecma (Safran group) as prime contractor, was successfully ground tested yesterday with its extendible nozzle deployed, under conditions representing an actual flight. Yesterday’s firing test marked a major milestone in the development of this rocket engine, which will power the new upper stage of the Ariane 5 launcher starting in 2016.

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