To realize the M10 engine, a European industrial team has been created with Italy (and AVIO) to lead an organization that involves companies from Belgium, Czech Republic, Switzerland, France, Austria and Romania.
The M10 engine, first European Methane engine and stage, shall open the way to a new generation of launchers (namely Vega E and Vega E Light) that have the objective to increase competitiveness of European small launchers family profiting as much as possible of technologies and infrastructures developed for Vega and Vega C launchers.
M10 is a cryogenic LOX/LCH4 10-tons class liquid rocket engine and it will be the upper stage of the Vega E launcher. At the nominal point and steady-state M10 engine has to provide 98 kN thrust, with propellants mixture ratio 3.4. The minimum specific impulse required is 362 seconds.