Ariane 6 is set to make its maiden flight in 2022. Before that happens, however, a ship will be built that will transport its components from French factories to the European spaceport called Kourou, which is located in French Guiana. The Canopee will be powered by wind and combustion engine. Most importantly, there is also a Polish thread in this amazing undertaking. The hull of the ship will be built in our country.
The construction of the vessel will be supervised by Neptune Shipyards BV for Jifmar Offshore Services and Zéphyr and Borée (Z
ESA wants the Canopee to be an environmental unit. As it will transport heavy rocket elements (the length of the rocket is 60 meters and the mass of up to 600 tons), it cannot use solar panels because there is no space for them on board, and the energy obtained from them is too small. power. Therefore, one of the drives will be based on an ecological solution in which diesel engines will be powered by liquefied natural gas.
But it is not everything. It will be complemented by four folding sailwings, using the power of the Atlantic wind. They are to be 30 meters high with an area of 1,452 m2. Engineers have calculated that such Canope eco-propulsion will reduce air emissions by as much as 35 percent compared to ships currently used to transport rocket components.
Ariane 6 will be available in two variants, namely 62 and 64. In this way, the rockets will be flexibly adapted to specific missions. The new rockets are to replace Ariane 5, which has been meritorious for the European space industry, which has been flying into orbit for 22 years. The inaugural flight of Ariane 6 is scheduled for 2022. At the moment, the Ariane Group corporation is successfully testing the rocket engines and its stages. On the new animation posted on the global network, you can see what the mission of this more powerful rocket will look like.