Spacelab is a company established in 2000 by Avio and ASI with the name “ELV S.p.A.” On 9 May 2018, it was renamed “Spacelab S.p.A.”.

The objective is the development of innovative technologies in the segment of space access, which are not available in Italy, with the aim of creating a competitive advantage for Italy in general, as well as for Avio. The company mainly operates on behalf of Avio S.p.A. and the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and it takes part in projects financed by ASI and the European Union. The company’s mission includes, among others, research and development activities on new technologies and test infrastructures in the space transport sector; the creation and management of research structures, development and testing; participation to research, development and testing programs financed by private and public commitments and contractual agreements and consulting services.

Spacelab S.p.A. is 70% owned by Avio and 30% owned by ASI.