Ariane 2

Published: June 10, 2006



Ariane 2 scale model Ariane 2 launch

Logo Tele-X


Download of the model

Ar2 modelsheet part 1 (2) (685 KB)

Ar2 modelsheet part 2 (2) (750 KB)

Ar2 Instruction (795 KB)

You will also need a copy of the instructions for ariane 3: 

Ar3 Instruction part 1 (2) (730 KB)

Ar3 Instruction part 2 (2) (740 KB)

Rocket stand for ariane  75 KB (Same used for ariane 1, 2 and 3)


History In July 1979 it was decided to develop the ariane 2 and 3 as successors of ariane 1.

Ariane 2 was simply an ariane 3 without the two solid rocket motor strap-ons.

Ariane 2 was capable of carrying 2,175 kg (4,795 lb). to a geosynchronous transfer orbit trajectory, while ariane 3 due the boosters were able of launching 2,700 kg (5,900 lb) in to orbit.

While the first ariane 3 flew on 4 august 1984, the first ariane 2 were launched much later on 31 May 1986. The model resembles the last ariane 2 launched 1 April 1989.

It carried the first Nordic (mostly Swedish) communication satellite Tele-X into orbit. The ariane 2 and 3 was developed in to the ariane 4.

Sources and books:

More information about Ariane 2:

(This is only a little selection of the many sources for the model.) (In french - but simply the best)

Peter Alway: Rockets of the world

Tim Furniss: History of space vehicles

Brian Harvey: Europe's Space Programme: To Ariane and Beyond

William Huon: Ariane une épopée européenne