ELV(European Launch Vehicle) is a company established by Avio and ASI (Italian Space Agency) in December 2000. It develops, manufactures and delivers the European launcher called Vega and its evolutions with all associated technologies. The company is responsible for every aspect of system development, from the drafting of the specifications, through production, to its integration in the launch pad.
ELV’s primary tasks include managing and planning launcher design, development, qualification and production processes, by coordinating the activities of the subcontracts participating in the programme. Moreover, ELV coordinates and ensures the integration of the launcher in the lift-off facilities in Kourou (French Guiana) being involved in the final phase of the launch with own specialized team.
At present ELV is owned 70% by Avio S.p.A and 30% by ASI. Headquartered in Colleferro (Rome) where has an operational facility next to Avio main space operations site, one of the most dynamically innovative production centres in Europe, at the forefront of science and technology.