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Arrival of the Vulcain Aft Bay (VuAB) flight model for Ariane 6 at Les Mureaux

The Vulcain®2.1 engine aft bay (VuAB) for the first flight of Ariane 6 has arrived by boat at ArianeGroup’s Les Mureaux site from the Netherlands, where it was built by our partner Airbus Defence & Space.

Arrival of the Vulcain Aft Bay (VuAB) flight model for Ariane 6 at Les Mureaux
The VuAB is the structure that houses the Vulcain®2.1; it is connected with both the launcher’s core stage tanks and the rear part of the solid boosters. Once fully equipped, it will be integrated into the core stage of the first Ariane 6 flight model.

The VuAB is the structure that houses the Vulcain®2.1; it is connected with both the launc...

On arrival, the container – weighing around 20 tons and five meters high – was removed from the barge at the cargo port at the Les Mureaux site.

On arrival, the container – weighing around 20 tons and five meters high – was removed fro...

The container was transferred to the reception area of the Ariane 6 core stage integration building.

The container was transferred to the reception area of the Ariane 6 core stage integration...

The VuAB was taken out of the container…

The VuAB was taken out of the container…

… and moved to its final dock …

… and moved to its final dock …

… using an automated guided vehicle (AGV).

… using an automated guided vehicle (AGV).

With the arrival of the VuAB, the Ariane 6 project is moving forward, getting closer to its goal.

With the arrival of the VuAB, the Ariane 6 project is moving forward, getting closer to it...

Next stage is integration of all the VuAB’s mechanical, fluidic, and electrical equipment, then those of the first Vulcain®2.1 cryogenic engine flight model, identical to the engine shown in this photo, which is for the CTM (combined test model) stage.

Next stage is integration of all the VuAB’s mechanical, fluidic, and electrical equipment,...

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