Ariane 3  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1984
Total Production: 11
Origin: France
Corporations: Arianespace
Parent System: Ariane
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1979
Total Production: 261
Family Members: Ariane 1, Ariane 2, Ariane 4, Ariane 5, Ariane 5 ME and Ariane 6
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Description: The Ariane launch vehicle family was developed to provide Europe with an independent space access capability. The primary target for the Ariane launcher are commercial satellites. The first Ariane 1 was launched in 1979 and since then Arianespace has strengthened its position becoming the world's leader in commercial launch services. The Ariane 1-3 were based on a three stages configuration comprising the L140 first stage powered by four strap-on Viking V engines, the L33 second stage powered by one Viking IV rocket motor, and the H8 upper stage powered by the HM-7 cryogenic engine.

The Ariane 3 received the same upper stage modification (H10) of Ariane 2 while introduced two solid propellant strap-on boosters for increases thrust. It is capable of carrying a 5,952 lb (2,700 kg) payload into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO). The Ariane 3 program totaled 11 launches with 19 satellites carried into orbit. The first Ariane 3 was launched in 1984.

Ariane 3 Specifications

Crew: 0
Number of Stages: 3
Payload to GTO: 2,700 kilogram (5,952 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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