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Work is underway to complete the Ariane 6 launch complex at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. The launch pad (right) with its two symmetric exhaust ducts is taking shape, and the mobile gantry (left) is also under construction.
The mobile gantry is a 90 metre-high mobile metallic structure weighing 8200 tonnes when fully equipped, that rolls on rails equipped with platforms to access the appropriate launcher levels for integration on the launch pad. The gantry is moved away just before launch.
The first Ariane 6 flight is scheduled for 2020.