Last stretch before take off

Once this famous skirt is filled, it will be shipped to the Guyana Spaceport. It is one of the items that will be assembled at the first launch of the Ariane 6, the new missile in European range. It is expected to take off before the end of the year, although its date has not yet been confirmed. Suffice it to say that in Isaac’s workshops and offices, we went straight into the concrete. Same goes for Hailan, a few kilometers away. In one of the complex’s buildings, huge Japanese robots perform elegant arabesques. The strongest adjusts the threaded parts of the holes, his little brother adjusts the threaded parts.

The skirt of one of the Ariane 6’s first flight reinforcements, which will soon be wired up at the Helan factory.


Robots keep repeating relentlessly

orifices? With each takeoff the cameras fix in the last seconds of the countdown, Waiting for the fire of hell to escape. “These are somehow booster exhausts. They direct the combustion gases at 3300 degrees Celsius, three times the temperature of molten lava. The material is ten centimeters thick. On the other hand, it should be no more than fifty degrees.” The man detailing this miracle is called Jan Talamone. He’s responsible for Ariane 6’s “hard drive” programs. If you don’t stop him – why are you stopping him? – He is able to give you a two hour conference on this gem of technology without taking a breath. Passion does not dry up.

The article is installed. The nozzles are already installed on Ariane 5 boosters. On the other hand, the methods are outdated. Where manual procedures were – and still are – prevalent on Ariane 5, they will be fully automated in the near future on Ariane 6. The robots assemble, nail, screw, glue, and fetch the necessary tools themselves. There is still a worker in the “gluing” workshop. His skill is incomparable. The man “feels” the texture of the gum. As for AI, it’s still a sticky substance, to be exact.

We are waiting for the verdict

In this new building, it’s all industrial logic From the program decided by Europe at the end of 2014 Deployed: Simplify and automate tasks, save time, and save. Once past the surge phase, i.e. the first fifteen launches, the ArianeGroup should be able to “launch” up to eleven launchers per year. The company won’t get a respite thanks to its wealth woes: a month ago, its subsidiary Arianespace signed a heavyweight contract, launching and circling Amazon’s Kuiper satellite constellation. That’s 18 flights spanning over three years. “We have 11 shots planned with our other customers, or 29 shots in total. Not so long ago, we promised our critics four shots a year,” rejoices Gil von Blanc, president of Ariane Group Aquitaine.

One of the great robots
One of the massive “B-Line” robots at the Hailan factory, where nozzles are assembled.


The future is promising, but the present is still subject to uncertainty. To beat Earth’s gravity, the first Ariane 6 test batteries are waiting on the list for the next few months. Their theater will be Koro, where the correct transmission of data between the Earth and the missile must be checked down to the smallest detail. and Lampoldshausen, Germany, where the operation of the upper stage and its engine will be tested. Judgment soon.

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