Part of the Ariane 6 rocket arrived in the French Guiana spaceport. See here the latest details

19/01/2022
Credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace
Credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace

Part of the Ariane 6 rocket has arrived in the French Guiana spaceport on 17 January 2022! It is about the central core of the new Ariane rocket, which has arrived safely in French Guiana, the place where all Ariane 6 parts will come together to form the rocket on the launch pad. The new ESA and Arianespace rocket is the newest rocket of the Ariane generation and will have developed functions and new technologies compared to the previous rocket. 

The European space agency also said that Ariane 6 will have re-ignition capabilities and modular design, a new technology added by ESA for the rocket. Araine 6 can use either 2 or 4 thrusters, depending on what it will carry in space. Thus, the performance of the rocket will be at its maximum, but also the consumption of the propellers will be able to be adjusted to what is needed, without consuming extra. But the part that ended up in ESA's space port, the central core, has a bottom and a top (like most rockets) according to ESA. 

The parts were built in different places and only then will they be assembled to form the central core of the Ariane 6. The lower stage was built at ArianeGroup's Les Mureaux site in France. And the upper stage is from ArianeGroup in Bremen, Germany. Also, all functions, as well as the entire exterior and interior will be carefully checked in the ESA space port. 

The road that this part of Ariane 6 took was quite long, but it arrived safely in the port of Pariacabo, in two parts (lower and upper) placed in two different containers. After they arrived, they were transported by road to the Ariane 6 dedicated complex in the ESA spaceport. And at the Ariane 6 complex, these two pieces and the others that are part of the Ariane 6 will be assembled.

All procedures that must be performed on such a rocket will be performed, ESA said. But of course it will take some time to get started, such as hot run tests on the launch pad, climbing the launch pad and many other procedures. 

For example, regarding the combustion test, it will be performed by the Vulcain 2.1 engine from the lower stage, on the launch pad (which is updated in these tests). The engine will do several tests, but the Araine 6 will not take off in any of the situations. The Ariane 6 complex was inaugurated last year by ESA and Arainespace, but some parts of the launch pad are still not ready. But we do not have to worry about the risky because complex tests on the ground already done as announced by ESA. 

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 19 January 2022, at 11:52 am Los Angeles time

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