• 09.12.2020
  • Space
  • Media release

Insulation for Ariane 6 launcher: Heat Protection against up to 1,500 degrees Celsius

A heat protection from RUAG Space for the new European launcher Ariane 6 withstands extreme heat of up to 1,500 degrees Celsius. A first flight model was delivered in autumn.
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In October RUAG Space, a leading supplier to the space industry, delivered a first flight model of the high-temperature insulation for the new European rocket Ariane 6. The insulation is being produced in the 2019 inaugurated new production floor in Berndorf, Austria, adjacent to the existing production facility.

Protection against up to 1,500 degrees Celsius

The new high-temperature insulation for Ariane 6 consists of ceramic felts and fabrics. It protects some components of the rocket engines of the launcher. “On its journey from earth to space the insulation blanket has to withstand extreme heat of up to 1,500 degrees Celsius and extreme vibrations for a few minutes”, explains Oliver Schiewe, Senior Vice President Product Group Spacecraft at RUAG Space.

Thermal insulation for new European rocket Ariane 6

RUAG Space delivers the thermal insulation for the new European rocket Ariane 6, built by ArianeGroup, on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA). ArianeGroup is the lead industrial contractor for Europe’s Ariane 5 and Ariane 6 launcher families, responsible for both design and the entire production chain, up to and including marketing by its Arianespace subsidiary. The first launch of Ariane 6 is scheduled for 2022. For Ariane 6 RUAG Space is also producing the payload fairing.

Thermal insulation for satellites and MRI scanners

At its facility in Berndorf, Austria, RUAG Space produces multilayer insulation for space (satellites, launchers) as well as for non-space areas. More than 130 satellites use thermal insulation from RUAG. As a spin-off from its space activities RUAG Space is also producing thermal insulation for medical applications, such as MRI scanners (Magnetic Resonance Imaging).

More about thermal insulation from RUAG Space: https://www.ruag.com/en/products-services/space/spacecraft/multi-layer-insulation

Videos
Video about thermal insulation from RUAG Space: https://youtu.be/V4cLAmmMSig
Video about the product portfolio from RUAG Space: https://youtu.be/qNbSjUdlXxQ
Video about how RUAG Space products help society: https://youtu.be/gWRzl2ByvRA
 
Photo captions and credits
 
Picture 1: Thermal insulation from RUAG Space for the new European launcher Ariane 6 withstands extreme heat of up to 1,500 degrees Celsius. Copyright: RUAG Space, Martin Steiger.
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Picture 2: The insulation is being produced in Berndorf, Austria. Copyright: RUAG Space, Martin Steiger. Download
 

Picture 3: RUAG Space produces insulation for the new European launcher Ariane 6. Artist’s view of the Ariane 6 using four boosters. Copyright: ESA - D. Ducros
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Media contacts RUAG Space:
RUAG Space, Philipp Bircher, philipp.bircher@ruag.com, T: +41 7979 011 81
RUAG Space, Christian Thalmayr, christian.thalmayr@ruag.com, T: +43 664 8874 7876

Web: www.ruag.com/space
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Media Contact RUAG International:
Clemens Gähwiler, External Communication Manager, RUAG International; Tel. +41 76 319 28 58, clemens.gaehwiler@ruag.com