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Test center: testing, inspecting, and qualifying space technologies

Every generation of the Ariane launch vehicle's tanks were tested at Air Liquide's test center. The test center, which is one of a kind in Europe, was built for the specific requirements of space cryogenics and has progressed as the cryogenic stages’ have become more efficient. This secure zone has several testbeds, vacuum chambers, and containment systems, to help research institutes and industry to test the reliability of their own technological developments. The use of this infrastructure can lead to major advances. For example: we designed a 1:2 scale demonstrator of the Ariane tanks as part of the HX program, in order to develop new technologies for the launch vehicles of tomorrow. Tests on this HX demonstrator have led to the approval of 14 new technologies!

Did you know? Air Liquide can design bespoke testbeds for specific needs, like the TVT (Thermal Vacuum Test) testbed, a real mini-space simulation chamber

 

Why choose us?

  • 01

    Our experience

    We have worked on all the developments for the European launch vehicle, Ariane, as well as numerous international projects, including the International Space Station; the Planck, Herschel, and Microscope satellites; and the Curiosity and ExoMars exploration rovers, among others.

  • 02

    The expertise of our teams

    Our employees are passionate about their work. Our results-minded approach and wealth of expertise have allowed us to make great strides and are now leading us to even more ambitious technological challenges, from launch vehicles with reignition capability and electric propulsion for satellites, to life on Mars...

  • 03

    Our capacity for innovation

    Our innovation teams rely on Air Liquide's expertise and close collaborations with public research laboratories, like the CEA, the CNRS, and the Grenoble University Space Center.