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ArianeGroup has signed a contract with Airbus to provide the infrastructure for refueling airplanes with liquid hydrogen and support Airbus’ hydrogen demonstration program.
© Airbus 2022/ArianeGroup
ArianeGroup will leverage decades of experience in using liquid hydrogen for Ariane launcher propulsion. The facility will be operational in 2025.
The objective of the Airbus program is to ground- and flight-test an aircraft demonstrator fueled by hydrogen, in preparation for the entry into service of a zero-emission aircraft by 2035.
Lead contractor for the Ariane 5 and 6 launch vehicles, ArianeGroup has been at the forefront of liquid hydrogen management for more than 40 years. In addition, ArianeGroup brings proven space procedures for test and maintenance – its Vernon (France) Test Center is the largest hydrogen test center in Europe.
ArianeGroup, with its unique skills and know-how in the storage, testing, and use of liquid hydrogen, is helping new industrial sectors to accelerate their energy transition.”