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New Rocket for the European Space Programme Ariane 6

Ariane 6, the European Space Agency's (ESA) new rocket passed a key test with an 8min engine burn. However, during testing, there was a 40min delay due to a “minor” anomaly caused by a “slightly different” pressure than expected in a helium circuit, which was corrected, according to ESA on its social networks. This shows the importance of helium in space operations and how space programmes require a consistent helium supply from the testing phase all the way to lift-off.

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