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The new President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, has visited the Avio facilities in Colleferro, where he got the chance to see the innovative P120C motor that will be used for the Vega Plus and Ariane 6 launchers

Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, has visited the Avio facilities in Colleferro, where he got a preview of the P120C, the largest solid propellant, monolithic carbon fibre motor ever built. 

Avio CEO, Giulio Ranzo, together with ASI President Roberto Battiston, showed Mr Tajani the characteristics of the first example of a family of motors that will be used on both the Vega C and Ariane 6, the new European launchers that will be flying in 2019 and 2020 respectively. 

The P120C, developed with innovative technology as part of the programs promoted by the European Space Agency, is 12 metres long with a diameter of 3.5 metres, powered by 142 tonnes of propellant, and is lighter and better performing than traditional motors. 

Luce Fabreguettes, Director of Arianespace Missions, and Josef Aschbacher, Director of Earth Observation and the ESA - ESRIN centre in Frascati, were also present at Colleferro.  

The President of the European Parliament visited the Avio facilities a few days after Vega's successful launch of the Sentinel 2B satellite from French Guyana. Sentinel 2B is the new environmental sentinel designed to monitor the health of the planet's green areas, and the launch is the ninth success for Vega

President Tajani also visited the worksite where the new production facilities are being built to produce the P120 motors for the Vega C and Ariane 6. The facilities cover more than 8000 m2, and are particularly innovative, equipped with advanced machinery for producing and testing the covers of the motors themselves. 

“The European aerospace industry plays a fundamental role in the competitiveness of the whole of Europe”, commented Mr Tajani. “Avio is the pride of the Italian industry, demonstrating their capacity to work together with European partners and playing an extremely important role in current and future launcher programs.” 

Roberto Battiston also emphasised the importance of partnerships in producing motors for the European Ariane and VEGA launchers, “an example of Europe walking together towards the goal of independent access to space”.