P120C Static Fire Test

On July 16th, the ground of Kourou, French Guyana shook — but not for a launch this time. The P120C, the future rocket solid motor for Ariane 6 and Vega-C, was tested by teams of engineers in...

Deflecting the Fiery Plumes of Ariane 6

Imagine the meteoric force of exhaust gases expelled by four Ariane 6 strap-on boosters and a Vulcain motor ignited at lift-off. A 600-tonne steel deflector, with tiles weighing a tonne each, will take the full blast and...

Giant Support for Ariane 6

Only a giant 700 tonne steel table — 4 m high, 20 m long, and 18 m wide — could support Ariane 6 in the centre of the launch pad and withstand the baptism of fire, noise,...

Solid Rocket Motor Cast Green for Test Bench

The P120C is the largest solid-propellant rocket motor ever built in one segment!  The 11.5 m long, 3.4 m diameter, full-scale model has been filled with 142 tonnes of inert green propellant. Intended for Ariane 6 and...

Watch Vulcain Roar

Watch the spectacular first hot firing of Ariane 6’s main engine and travel forward in time to the final seconds to lift-off in 2020. The Vulcain 2.1, developed by ArianeGroup and now at the DLR German Aerospace...