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The Ariane 6 core stage has successfully carried out its first complete hot-fire test on its launch pad, as part of the combined tests campaign.
On September 5, 2023, teams from ArianeGroup, the French Space Agency (CNES), and the European Space Agency (ESA) successfully carried out a complete Ariane 6 launch sequence on its launch pad, at Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, concluding with a hot-fire test of the launcher’s core stage and start-up of the Vulcain 2.1 engine.
The success of this hot-fire test contributes to qualification of the launch sequence operations and engine ignition on the launch pad and is a major step towards qualification of Ariane 6.