The beautiful cutaway drawing included in this answer shows a metallic turnip-shaped object attached to the bottom of the Ariane V core stage.

What is that object?

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    $\begingroup$ It's the Chemtrail generator obviously. $\endgroup$
    – Antzi
    Dec 4 '19 at 4:53

It's an Helium tank; nicknamed LHESS

This website capcomespace.net have a very good article on the subject (in french)

Extract (roughly translated):

The tanks pressurisation system preserve the tanks structural integrity, and a continuous propellant flow. The LOX tank is pressurised by 141kg of liquid helium stored at 7°K and 19 bar, warmed up by contact with the turbine exhaust. The flow is 0,2 kg-s, regulated by vanes on a rotatory disc. The H2 tank pressurisation is done with gaseous H2.

Some illustrations: enter image description here

  • 6 is labelled "6/ Sphère de pressurisation réservoir LOX (145 kg d' hélium)" => Helium for LOX tank pressurisation (145kg)

Also seen on this schematic with a similar label:enter image description here color legend: In light blue, the pressurisation line running up to the LOX tank, dark blue is the Liquid Helium tank. Green are He tank too, but used for the gimbal system

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AirLiquide, the tank maker has a product page describing it here


Proven experience ǀ LHESS supercritical helium tanks have been fitted on Ariane 5 since its first launch in 1996, thereby proving their efficiency and robustness. Moreover, they have been continuously improved to increase their performance

  • $\begingroup$ I love the schematic drawing! Thanks. You also explained what pressurized the hydrogen tank which I was curious about. $\endgroup$ Dec 4 '19 at 4:56
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    $\begingroup$ @OrganicMarble added a short translation of the color code to highlight the He line $\endgroup$
    – Antzi
    Dec 4 '19 at 5:01
  • $\begingroup$ Literal translation: "LOX reservoir pressurisation sphere (145 kg of helium)" $\endgroup$
    – wjandrea
    Dec 4 '19 at 15:55

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