Ariane 6 Future Launch Site: Photos from Above

The Ariane 6 mobile gantry frame is now complete, as posted about here. The next steps of the launch site construction are on track; below, see some photos taken by drones of the site on December 17th....

Ariane 6 Mobile Gantry: Complete

Thirteen months almost to the day after its kick-off, the assembly of the metal structure of the Ariane 6 mobile gantry is coming to an end. The building now reaches 100 metres in height, dominating 150 hectares...

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...