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cross section of a space launcher (Ariane V) click to hear : cross section of a space launcher (Ariane V)

In service since 1996, this European launcher transports heavy payloads, including the most powerful communications satellites.
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rocket engine solid booster stage main cryogenic stage lower section fairing upper section nozzle payload

rocket engine click to hear : rocket engine

Ensures launcher propulsion by means of liquid hydrogen combustion in contact with liquid oxygen.

solid booster stage click to hear : solid booster stage

Provides the main thrust during takeoff before separating from the main cryogenic stage.

main cryogenic stage click to hear : main cryogenic stage

Central body that ensures propulsion after the solid booster stage separates.

lower section click to hear : lower section

Composed of the main cryogenic stage and the solid booster stage.

fairing click to hear : fairing

The tip of the launcher that houses and protects the payload.

upper section click to hear : upper section

Composed of the storable propellant upper stage and the payload.

nozzle click to hear : nozzle

The end portion of a rocket from which combustion gases escape, thereby creating the thrust needed to propel the craft.

payload click to hear : payload

Space probe or satellite carried by the launcher.