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