Partial Failure

ESA Rideshares - Demo Flight

Launch Time
Tue Jul 09, 2024 19:00 UTC

First flight of Ariane 6, first flight from the ELA-4 launch pad.

Launch was nominal from liftoff to in-orbit micro-satellite payloads separation, but during subsequent coasting phase the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) failed while firing, preventing de-orbit burn from happening and stranding the 2 customer re-entry capsules in orbit.


Ariane 62
Image Credit: Arianespace
Status: Active
Price: $88.0 million
Liftoff Thrust: 8,370 kN
Payload to LEO: 10,350 kg
Payload to GTO: 4,500 kg
Stages: 2
Strap-ons: 2
Rocket Height: 62.0 m
Fairing Diameter: 5.4 m
Fairing Height: 20.0 m

Mission Details

SpaceCase SC-X01

Test re-entry capsule for reentry technologies such as new-generation ablative materials for thermal protection systems for the ArianeGroup.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 40.0 kg
Low Earth Orbit


2U CubeSat for testing technologies to improve Gamma Ray Burst detection by Spacemanic and the Technical University of Kosice.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 1.0 kg
Low Earth Orbit


1U CubeSat for characterisation of aircraft’s ‘cone of silence’ and in-flight performances of a custom-made Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system for the University of Lisbon.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 1.0 kg
Low Earth Orbit


1U CubeSat for the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya for testing of various payloads including atmospheric/ocean measurements with GNSS reflectometry and an L-band radiometer, a spring like antenna and an AIS ship tracking system.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 1.0 kg
Low Earth Orbit


Microsatellite by Technical University of Berlin and RapidCubes for testing various technologies including Internet-of-Things (IoT) communication technologies for agriculture use and image processing in orbit using Artificial Intelligence.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 10.0 kg
Low Earth Orbit


12U amateur radio cubesat by Planetary Transportation Systems and Libre Space Foundation testing various radio systems.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 18.0 kg
Low Earth Orbit

Nyx Bikini

Test re-entry capsule by The Exploration Company to test atmospheric reentry techniques for future cargo resupply spacecraft designs.

Payloads: 1
Low Earth Orbit


3U Cubesat from University Space Center of Montpellier for testing GNSS reflectometry techniques for mapping atmospheric water vapour.

Payloads: 1
Low Earth Orbit


3U cubesat by RIDE!space / Orbital Matter for testing 3D printing polymer materials in orbit.

Payloads: 1
Low Earth Orbit


Two 3U cubesats from NASA to study radio burst emissions from solar eruptive events such as flares and coronal mass ejections in the inner heliosphere.

Payloads: 2
Low Earth Orbit

Non-deployed experiments

* PariSat (GAREF)
* Peregrinus (Sint-Pieterscollege)
* SIDLOC (Libre Space)
* YPSat (ESA)

Payloads: 5
Low Earth Orbit


ELA-4, Guiana Space Centre, French Guiana, France



130th orbital launch attempt

European Space Agency

15th mission
1st mission of 2024

Ariane 6

1st mission
1st mission of 2024