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Ariane 5's Vulcain engine, seen on a launch pad, with an engineer inspecting it from a gantry in the background. The Vulcain engines provide primary propulsion for the core cryogenic stage (EPC) of Ariane 5 vehicles. Under development since 1985, the Vulcain 1 was first flown in 1996 with the Ariane 5G rocket. Photographed at the Guiana Space Centre, French Guiana.
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