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QUALIFICATION LAUNCH

VEGA C ready for the launch on 2019

VegaC will be launched with the new P120 engine, common to all the ESA  launcher family, which is in an advanced phase of development. The new second stage Zefiro40 engine has been successfully tested last week in Sardinia.

The 271th ESA Council meeting took place on march 14-15 in Paris, largely devoted to decisions related to the  European Launchers, Ariane6 and VegaC. The launcher program has been approved on the Ministerial Council in 2014 in Luxembourg and confirmed a the Ministerial Council  in 2016 in Luzern.

 

It represents one of biggest challenges for ESA and the 14 member states participating to the launchers program - in particular for Italy, France and Germany - since it redefines the governance in this sector, giving  to the European industry (ArianeIndustries and AVIO) the full responsibility of design, development and exploitation  of the new launcher family, Ariane64, Ariane62 and VegaC. The development of the new VegaC launcher is in line with a tight schedule which foresees the first qualification launch in 2019.

 

VegaC will be launched with the new P120 engine, common to all the ESA  launcher family, which is in an advanced phase of development. The new second stage Zefiro40 engine has been successfully tested last week in Sardinia. This is an important success for the Italian industry and the ESA team involved both in the VegaC and Ariane6 development. However, the ESA executive did not receive the  Council approval on some  key documents related  the Ariane6 program.

 

The delegations asked the Director General to come back as soon as possible with revised proposals in order not to impact the Ariane6 schedule. Italy  has  indeed confirmed the commitment taken in 2014 and 2016 and has its availability to support both launchers developments, given the crucial goal to guarantee and independent and reliable access to space for  Europe.