Thanks to its compact and flexible nature, the Vega launcher lends itself, with the integration of electrical modules, to making economically accessible solar system exploration projects on the routes of NEOs (Near-Earth Objects), towards the Moon, Mars and its satellites, Venus, and on to the moons of Jupiter.
Moreover, Avio has carried out feasibility studies and simulations for In-Orbit Servicing missions; for example, for the International Space Station, for which Vega could transport new materials and bring used materials and modules back to Earth, as well as for SDM (Space Debris Mitigation) activities for the recovery of end-of- life satellites. Vega is also suitable for use in conducting low cost experiments for educational and scientific purposes and for the qualification of technological systems and components in orbital conditions.
New versions of the Vega currently under development at Avio, even more flexible and versatile, will further broaden the horizon of potential applications. As a systems integrator, Avio’s approach rests on a solid foundation of know-how related to the entire chain of critical technologies in space transportation systems.
The Italian company has excellent control of the industrial chain of small launchers.