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Ariane 4 Rocket Model

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This object is on display in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

Summary

Manufacturer: Arianespace

Country of Origin: France

Dimensions: Overall (1:15 scale): 13 ft. 3 in. long x 2 ft. diameter (403.86 x 60.96cm)

Materials: Plastic and wood.

This is a 1:15 scale model of the Ariane 4. It was the fourth rocket built by the European Space Agency (ESA), a consortium of 11 Western European nations established in 1973 to design and produce launch vehicles and spacecraft. ESA developed six versions of the three-stage, liquid-fuel Ariane 4 that differed only in their use of liquid-fuel or solid-fuel strap-on rockets to increase boost at liftoff.

Arianespace, a component of ESA, first launched the Ariane 4 in 1988 from its complex in French Guiana, South America. Since then the reliable Ariane 4 has been successfully used over 100 times to launch a variety of government and commercial satellites. Arianespace built this model and donated it to NASM in 1987.

Gift of Arianespace, Inc.

Inventory number: A19870357000

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