German distributor and manufacturer Rothlehner has delivered seven 18 metre Denka lift DK 18 telescopic trailer lifts to the European Space Agency’s spaceport in Kourou French Guiana.
The DK18 weighs just 1,975kg, has an overall width of 1.86 metres, 11.3 metres of outreach and an unrestricted capacity of 200kg. The platforms were shipped some time ago in 40ft sea containers from the Rothlehner facility in Massing, Bavaria, and are now at work, preparing for the Ariane 6 rocket’s maiden flight in July 2020.
The new machines are currently working on the construction of the rocket’s launch gantry. The fact that the Denka DK18 is so light for its reach, allows them to work on the temporary access deck within the gantry.