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    Avio's iSPACE: the App for space lovers

    Games and interactive content allow players to experience space and share it with friends. Available for free on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

    Rivalta di Torino (Turin, Italy), 14 November 2012 – Avio, the Italian aerospace specialist, has today launched a new iSPACE app, which will be available to download for free from Apple’s App Store. iSPACE is a free app dedicated to space and satellite technologies, which will allow iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users to play and access interactive content.

    iSPACE is divided into three functionalities, guiding players through games and interesting space-related facts and stats. Through ‘Experience Vega’, players can experience a flight simulation while finding out how the Vega satellite launcher works. During the game, players position satellites into their appropriate orbits and are awarded the ‘Avio Space Cadet’ badge when they succeed. By using the ‘Astronaut Booth’, with just one click of their phone or tablet cameras, players can become an astronaut wearing a space helmet. They are then able to personalise the image with a selection of effects to share with friends. Finally, space aficionados can find out the latest information and news on space using the ‘Space Journal’.

    Giuseppe Coccon, Director of Communications at Avio, said: “Through iSPACE, we’re giving space lovers the opportunity to play and have fun whilst finding out new information about satellite launchers.

    “Satellite launchers allow us to put satellites into orbit – in turn, satellites give us access to services which greatly improve our everyday lives. It’s for this reason that we’ve decided to make them accessible to everyone in a fun and engaging way, by simulating a flight with Vega – Italy’s latest landmark achievement in science and technology.”

    Avio is an international group and leader in aerospace propulsion. As well as manufacturing various components and systems, working in partnership with the major international engine manufacturers, the company is responsible for European launcher Ariane’s two lateral boosters. As prime contractor for Vega, Avio is also responsible for the design, development and production of the launcher, which successfully completed its maiden flight on 13th February 2012.

    iSPACE’s three functionalities:

    Experience Vega:
    The gaming section of the application, with interesting facts about Vega’s technologies. The game measures players’ ability to guide the launcher through space, releasing its engines, avoiding turbulence and completing the mission by positioning satellites in their appropriate orbits.

    Astronaut Booth:
    A tool that allows players to take photos using facial recognition technology. By snapping a portrait, the app places an astronaut’s helmet on the subject’s head. The tool also allows users to take pictures of friends and family placing them in a selection of space scenarios. Images can be personalised through various effects - from ‘vintage space’ to ‘pod monitor’.

    The Space Journal:
    An e-magazine dedicated to space and satellite launchers, updated regularly and shareable with friends.


    Avio is an international group, leader in the aerospace sector, headquartered in Turin (Italy). Founded in 1908, it is present on four continents with commercial offices and 12 industrial sites. It has 5,200 employees, of which approximately 4,400 work in Italy. The Group operates in following business areas: Jet engine modules; Space; MRO and Services; Aeroderivative Gas Turbines for Marine and Industrial use; Control and Automation Systems, and Electrical Systems. It is active in the field of technological R&D through a network of laboratories located on Italian University campuses, and collaborates with 24 Italian and international universities and research centres.


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