Viking (rocket engine)

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Viking 5C rocket engine

The Viking rocket engines were members of a series of bipropellant engines for the first and second stages of the Ariane 1 through Ariane 4 commercial launch vehicles, using storable, hypergolic propellants, N2O4/UH 25 (mixture 75% UDMH and 25% Hydrazine.[1])

The earliest versions, developed in 1973, had a thrust of about 390 kN. The version used on the Ariane 4 first stage, which clustered four together, had 667 kN thrust each. The second stage of Ariane used a single Viking. Over 1000 were built, and achieved a high level of reliability from early in the program.

The 144 Ariane 1 to 4 used a total of 958 Viking engines. Only 2 engines have led to a failure. The first failure was due to a crack in the combustion chamber, the second is of human origin: a rag had been left in a pipe during installation. Initially, all the engines were tested before being integrated on a launcher. Beginning in 1998, engineers, confident of the reliability of the engine, authorized the use of untested engines on launchers. Some engines, randomly taken in the workshops of assembly, were tested from time to time. This confidence is very rare in the world of space engines.[2]

Technical Data[edit]

Version Viking 2B Viking 4 Viking 4B Viking 5C Viking 6
Height 2.87 m 2.87 m 3.51 m 3.51 m 2.87 m 2.87 m
Diameter 0.99 m 0.99 m 1.70 m 1.70 m 0.99 m 0.99 m
Mass  ?  ? 826 kg 826 kg 826 kg 826 kg
Fuels Dinitrogen tetroxide and UDMH in Ratio 1.86:1 Dinitrogen tetroxide and UH 25 in Ratio 1.70:1 Dinitrogen tetroxide and UDMH in Ratio 1.86:1 Dinitrogen tetroxide and UH 25 in Ratio 1.70:1 Dinitrogen tetroxide and UH 25 in Ratio 1.70:1 Dinitrogen tetroxide and UH 25 in Ratio 1.71:1
Fuel Consumption ca. 275 kg/s ca. 275 kg/s ca. 275 kg/s ca. 275 kg/s ca. 275 kg/s ca. 275 kg/s
Performance of the turbine 2500 kW/10,000 U/min. 2500 kW/10,000 U/min. 2500 kW/10,000 U/min. 2500 kW/10,000 U/min. 2500 kW/10,000 U/min. 2500 kW/10,000 U/min.
Vacuum thrust 690 kN  ? 713 kN 800 kN 758 kN 750 kN
SeaLevel thrust 611 kN 643 kN - - 678 kN  ?
Use Ariane 1, Ariane 2, 3 Ariane 1 Ariane 2 - 4 Ariane 4 PAL (Ariane 4 liquid booster )

References[edit]

  1. ^ Souchier, A..Drakkar Ariane 1st stage - The concept and its originality , AA(Societe Europeenne de Propulsion, Vernon, Eure, France) International Astronautical Federation, International Astronautical Congress, 27th, Anaheim, Calif., Oct. 10-16, 1976, 4 p.
  2. ^ "Flight 159: successful last mission for Ariane 4 and its Viking engines". 

External links[edit]

  • [1] Vernon, French manufacturer's history site.