Colleferro, is the seat of Avio’s headquarters. It’s the main site for R&D, innovation and system integration activities, and production of solid and liquid propellant motors for launch vehicles and tactical propulsion systems.
In Colleferro Avio also carries out the development of the new launcher, Vega, coordinating the contribution of different European companies.
In the site of Colleferro a plant to manufacture the thermal protections for space use has been installed. The plant is composed of two areas: the first dedicated to the master batches of rubber with a dedicated internal mixer and a second area where the manufacturing line has been installed. The plant can guarantee the production of thermal protection for the Avio’s yearly needs.
In Rivalta di Torino Avio designs and produces the liquid oxygen turbopump and in Airola it has a carbon fiber impregnation lab.
Suresnes (France), headquarters of Europropulsion (50% Avio and 50% ASL), main contractor of the solid-propellant motor for Ariane 5, with the tasks of development, production and technical coordination.
Kourou In French Guiana the Avio’s subsidiary Regulus (60% Avio and 40% ASL) is responsible for the solid propellant manufacturing to be casted in the cases of large motors as the Ariane 5 S2 and S3 segments, the four stage of Vega P80 and the future solid rocket motor P120C. The facilities are equipped with different plants capable to mix 11 tons each of propellant to ensure the continuous loading of the Ariane 5 segments (about 100 tons each). The facilities include also the NCD plants to verify possible anomalies in the propellant before giving the go ahead for their integration on the booster. Europropulsion, Avio’s subsidiary (50% Avio and 50% ASL) in French Guiana, completes the manufacturing cycle of the Ariane 5 solid rocket motors integrating the three segments S1, S2 and S3, the nozzle, the igniter and all equipment before delivery of the booster ready for the integration to the launcher. In Europropulsion facilities the first stage of Vega is also integrated ready to be assembled on the launcher. In Kourou, personnel also work for the ELV subsidiary (Avio 70%, ASI 30%), involved in the coordination and integration activities of the Vega launcher.