Ariane 5 test vehicle in Final Assembly Building

Ariane 5 test vehicle in Final Assembly Building

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Caption: Ariane 5 launcher. An engineering test vehicle of an Ariane 5 launcher seen about to leave the Final Assembly Building (BAF) at Kourou, French Guiana. This launcher is identical to an actual Ariane 5, except that it is made of components not cleared for 'live' use. It is used primarily to check all of the pre-flight assembly and handling procedures up to the moment before engine start. A 'launch table' carries the completed Ariane 5 from the BAF to the ELA-3 launchpad on a twin railway track.

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Keywords: ariane 5, ariane rocket, esa, european space agency, final asse, final assemb, final assembly bldg., final assembly building, launcher, rocket, rocket transporter, space, spaceflight, transporter

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