Majestic, we only have eyes for him as he is moored at the port of Le Havre, one of his two home ports with Rotterdam. Tapered bow despite its imposing size - 121 meters long -, stern of ro-ro ship equipped with a mobile access ramp to load it from the rear, it flies proudly French flag. But what strikes most, at first glance, are its four rigid vertical rectangular sails - inspired by aircraft wings - 37 meters high and 363 square meters each that stand insolently. These, designed by the Ayro company, were hoisted in August and the tests this summer proved conclusive.
The Canopy is now ready to launch in early October towards the Kourou space center in French Guiana, to transport for fifteen years the elements of the Ariane 6 launcher, whose first takeoff is scheduled for 2024. It is even precisely for this mission that this specimen of the seas was designed, following a call for tenders by Ariane Group in...
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