North America

It’s rocket science, all right!

The European Space Agency (ESA) built a spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.


It’s an ideal location; the proximity to the equator ensures added velocity to the spacecraft, due to the Earth’s rotation.

The run of the mill at a spaceport involves moving some serious loads, such as the solid rocket fuel boosters for the Ariane 5 stage launcher.

Each booster segment weighs in at 150 tonnes, measures 15 meters long and contains 107 tonnes of solid rocket propellant. The job requires really powerful engines – from Volvo Penta.

The customized haulers and trailers for extremely outsize cargo are made by Industrie Commetto in Italy, and shipped from the foot of the Alps to the South American jungle.