Firing tests http://www.avio.com/ en Successful engine test boost Vega-C towards return-to-flight http://www.avio.com/press-release/successful-engine-test-boost-vega-c-towards-return-flight Successful engine test boost Vega-C towards return-to-flight <span><span lang="" about="/user/41" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">battisti</span></span> <span>Tue, 05/28/2024 - 17:12</span> <div><p><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span><span>Colleferro (Rome), 28 May 2024<em> </em></span></span></span></strong><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span><span>– The Zefiro-40 solid rocket motor, the second stage of the Vega C rocket, was tested on 28 May by Vega-C prime contractor Avio at its Salto di Quirra test facility in Sardinia, Italy. The motor featured an improved engine nozzle design, required to prepare for a Vega-C return-to-flight by the end of 2024.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span><span>Initial post-test review indicates that the new nozzle assembly performed as expected throughout the scheduled 94 seconds burning time of the test, simulating a nominal in-flight performance.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span><span>The Zefiro-40 is a 7.6 m tall rocket motor, loaded with over 36 tons of solid propellant. For this test the motor was installed on its horizontal test bench. Zefiro-40 is developed and manufactured by Avio in their Colleferro factory near Rome, Italy.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span><span>A second firing test will be conducted after the summer to confirm the data collected today. Avio engineers will review the data from the first test to prepare for a second test in October that will then qualify the second stage Zefiro-40 solid rocket motor for return-to-flight by end 2024 from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span><span>Vega-C is a 35 m high launcher with a mass at liftoff of 210 000 kg. It can place about 2300 kg into a polar orbit. Vega-C can accommodate a mix of cargo shapes and sizes, ranging from CubeSats as small as one kilogram up to a single large payload.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span><span>From Vega to Vega-C</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span><span>Vega-C is the larger evolution of the Vega family of rockets. The original Vega was launched in 2012 and has flown 21 times since. The last Vega flight is scheduled this summer, after which the model will be retired and Vega-C will take over. The smaller Vega variant does not use the Zefiro-40 stage.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span><span>ESA is responsible for the Vega-C launch system qualification and also purchases launch services for European institutional missions. The Vega-C development programme was carried out with participation of thirteen ESA Member States, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland. The Agency is the contracting authority for the development of Vega-C, supports both the development and exploitation, while also providing technical supervision based on its 30 years of experience. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span><span>Avio is the prime contractor and design authority of the Vega-C launchers. Arianespace is the launch service provider.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <div> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/avio.com/files/styles/articles/public/2024-05/Zefiro%2040%20test.jpg?itok=7NZAshON" width="850" height="577" alt="Zefiro 40 test" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-fluid"/> </div> <div>Firing tests</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/65" hreflang="en">Vega C</a></div> </div> <div>Press release</div> <div> <div><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="/sites/avio.com/files/attachments/PR%20Zefiro%2040%20test.pdf" type="application/pdf" title="PR Zefiro 40 test.pdf">Download the press release</a></span> <span>(446.03 KB)</span> </div> </div> <div> <div>Home page slider</div> <div>On</div> </div> Tue, 28 May 2024 15:12:52 +0000 battisti 618 at http://www.avio.com Five firing test of M10 engine successfully completed http://www.avio.com/news-events/first-five-firing-test-m10-engine-successfully-completed Five firing test of M10 engine successfully completed <span><span lang="" about="/user/41" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">battisti</span></span> <span>Fri, 09/08/2023 - 11:25</span> <div><p>Avio has now competed the first five firing tests of DM2 model of M10, the 100kn thrust liquid oxygen/methane engine that will power the upper stage of the Vega E launcher. Optimal performance achieved in 45sec tests at max pressure and Ox rich mixture ratio. Now we are ready to prepare long duration and variable thrust firings.</p></div> <div> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/avio.com/files/styles/articles/public/2023-09/M10%20test.png?itok=pxeHT0MN" width="850" height="577" alt="M10 test" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-fluid"/> </div> <div>Firing tests</div> <div> <div><a href="/tag/vega" hreflang="en">Vega E</a></div> </div> <div>News &amp; Events</div> <div> <div>Home page slider</div> <div>On</div> </div> Fri, 08 Sep 2023 09:25:39 +0000 battisti 591 at http://www.avio.com Successful firing of the new M10 engine for Vega E http://www.avio.com/press-release/successful-firing-new-m10-engine-vega Successful firing of the new M10 engine for Vega E <span><span lang="" about="/user/41" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">battisti</span></span> <span>Fri, 05/06/2022 - 11:20</span> <div><p><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>Colleferro, 6 May 2022</span></span></span></strong><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span> – The new <strong>M10 oxygen/methane engine</strong> for <strong>Vega E</strong> was successfully tested yesterday at Avio's new<strong> Space Propulsion Test Facility</strong> (SPTF) at the Salto di Quirra range in Sardinia. The engine developed by Avio, with a thrust class of 10 tons, is the first of its kind to be successfully tested in Europe. The M10 represents, in all intents and purposes, a new-generation green engine, realised with extensive use of additive layer manufacturing (ALM) technologies. The M10 engine is part of the development of the Vega E launcher, a project coordinated by ESA (European Space Agency) aimed at qualifying the successor of <strong>Vega C</strong> starting from 2026.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>The project, backed by ESA, has been supported from the start by the Italian Government and in particular by the Minister for Technological Innovation and Digital Transition, Vittorio Colao, in view of the positive effects in terms of innovation and sustainability at the National and European level.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>The development of M10 started a few years ago with an initial cooperation between Avio and the Italian Space Agency, through which some key technologies were developed. The program was then established within the European Space Agency as a prospective solution for the upper stage of Vega E. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>Vega E will have a higher performance than Vega C, with increased flexibility and versatility at reduced costs. Unlike Vega and Vega C, Vega E will have a three-stage configuration. The first two, P120C and Zefiro 40, will be the same as the Vega C. The new M10 engine, developed and built by Avio in Colleferro with the support of other European companies, will equip the last stage of the future Vega E launcher. The engine will be throttleable and re-startable to enable multiple orbital manoeuvres; the combination of oxygen and liquid methane will also make it a more environmentally sustainable engine.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>The LRE test facility at Perdasdefogu in Sardinia, a new technological hub created by AVIO, was built in record time for the testing of cryogenic engines, thanks to the successful cooperation with the local Public Administrations and the Ministry of Economic Development in the context of a cooperation between the Italian Defence Chief of Staff, the Italian Air Force Chief of Staff and Avio. With the new M10 engine, Avio is one of the few global players that possesses the innovative cryogenic methane engine technology for space applications. Thanks to this technology, it will be possible to further develop the product range and guarantee an independent access to Space for Europe in the long-term future.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><strong>Giulio Ranzo</strong>, Avio's CEO, said: "<em>The successful test of the M10 engine represents a historic moment for our Company. Avio demonstrates that it has the most innovative and sustainable technology available for the cryogenic propulsion of future launchers. Starting from this technological element, Avio will be able to develop a new generation of particularly efficient and competitive products. I congratulate the Avio and ESA teams for the quality of the work done to reach this first important milestone</em>".</span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <div> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/avio.com/files/styles/articles/public/2022-05/M10%20Test%20foto_0.jpeg?itok=lhDKkiLL" width="850" height="577" alt="M10 test" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-fluid"/> </div> <div> <div> <div id="video"> <div class="video-container"> <video id="articlevideo" preload="auto" controls> <source src = "/sites/avio.com/files/2022-05/M10%20test%20video.mp4" type = "video/mp4"> This browser doesn't support video tag. </video> <script> articlevideo.addEventListener('loadedmetadata', function() { if (video.buffered.length === 0) return; var bufferedSeconds = video.buffered.end(0) - video.buffered.start(0); }); </script> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div>Firing tests</div> <div> <div><a href="/tag/vega" hreflang="en">Vega E</a></div> <div><a href="/tag/liquid-oxygen-methane-engine" hreflang="en">Liquid Oxygen Methane Engine</a></div> </div> <div>Press release</div> <div> <div><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="/sites/avio.com/files/attachments/CS_M10_vENG.pdf" type="application/pdf" title="CS_M10_vENG.pdf">Download the press release</a></span> <span>(152.33 KB)</span> </div> </div> <div> <div>Home page slider</div> <div>On</div> </div> Fri, 06 May 2022 09:20:39 +0000 battisti 509 at http://www.avio.com Successful final test firing of the P120C solid rocket motor for Ariane 6 and Vega-C http://www.avio.com/press-release/successful-final-test-firing-p120c-solid-rocket-motor-ariane-6-and-vega-c Successful final test firing of the P120C solid rocket motor for Ariane 6 and Vega-C <span><span lang="" about="/user/41" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">battisti</span></span> <span>Thu, 10/08/2020 - 09:59</span> <div><ul><li><span><span><span><span><strong>Success of the third and final static test fire of the P120C rocket motor, lasting <span>130 </span>seconds, at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana</strong></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong>The P120C solid rocket motor will act as side boosters for Ariane 6 as well as being the Vega C first stage</strong></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong>For this last test before maiden flight, the motor was in the Ariane 6 configuration, as the P120C will equip both configurations of Ariane 6: Ariane 62, with two boosters, and Ariane 64, with four boosters</strong></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong>The Ariane 6 and Vega-C development programs are managed and funded by ESA</strong></span></span></span></span></li> </ul><p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">The P120C was successfully tested for the third time </span>on October 7, <span>at Europe’s Spaceport solid rocket motor test bench operated by the French Space Agency (CNES). This third successful test, carried out in the Ariane 6 configuration, paves the way for final </span>qualification by the European Space Agency (ESA). The first and second tests on July 16, 2018, and January 28, 2019 were also successful.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">The P120C will equip both configurations of Ariane 6: Ariane 62 will be equipped with two boosters* and Ariane 64 will have four. For all the teams involved, these successful firings are also a source of great pride, because all the steps in the development process took place nominally. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">The P120C motor is co-developed by ArianeGroup and Avio, through their 50/50 joint venture Europropulsion. The P120C program is managed and funded by the European Space Agency. </span>The P120C <span>symbolizes the fruitful collaboration between Avio and ArianeGroup in the launch vehicle field – an example of the strength of “Space Team Europe” comprising industry, national space agencies, and the European Space Agency.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Considering the major investments required for producing solid-propellant motors, the P120C is a perfect example of industrial optimization, as it will equip both of the Ariane 6 configurations as well as the first stage of Vega-C. This will <span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">make optimal use of industrial facilities across the European continent and French Guiana, thus meeting the goals of the Ariane 6 and Vega-C programs: optimized costs, shorter operation cycles owing to a simplified design, and the application of innovative technologies and processes. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The P120C has a maximum thrust of 4,500 kN and a combustion time of 130 seconds. It consists of two principal parts. The first is the structural casing, built by Avio and made of carbon fiber (filament-wound, automated fabric layup pre-impregnated epoxy sheets). The second part is the nozzle, built by ArianeGroup, made of various composite materials including carbon/carbon, which allows very high-speed ejection of the extremely hot gases (3,000°C) generated by the motor, transforming this combustion gas energy into kinetic energy to create thrust. The nozzle can also be pivoted which enables the launch vehicle to be steered. Propellant manufacturing, loading, and final integration of the motor take place in French Guiana.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">The P120C in figures</span></strong></span></span></span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span><span><span>Motor length: 13.5 m</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Diameter: 3.4 m</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Propellant mass: 142 t</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Motor dry mass: 11 t</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Motor case mass: 8.3 t</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Maximum thrust: 4,500 kN </span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Specific impulse: 278.5 s </span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Combustion time: 130 s</span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>*In Ariane 6 program terminology, these boosters are called ESR (Equipped Solid Rocket) and consist of the P120C rocket motor and specific Ariane 6 equipment, notably the rear skirt.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p></div> <div> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/avio.com/files/styles/articles/public/2020-10/P120C-test-ESA.jpg?itok=xNBj6dWT" width="850" height="577" alt="p120c firing test" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-fluid"/> </div> <div> <div> <div id="video-embed"> <div class="video-container"> <iframe width="853" height="480" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Q2hlRxGDwtU?enablejsapi=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div>Firing tests</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/82" hreflang="en">Ariane 6</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/65" hreflang="en">Vega C</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/81" hreflang="en">P120C</a></div> </div> <div>Press release</div> <div> <div><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="/sites/avio.com/files/attachments/Success%20of%20third%20P120C%20test%20firing_final.pdf" type="application/pdf" title="Success of third P120C test firing_final.pdf">Read the press release</a></span> <span>(153.3 KB)</span> </div> </div> <div> <div>Home page slider</div> <div>On</div> </div> Thu, 08 Oct 2020 07:59:19 +0000 battisti 397 at http://www.avio.com Zefiro 9 Engine: Qualification test passed successfully http://www.avio.com/press-release/zefiro-9-engine-qualification-test-passed-successfully Zefiro 9 Engine: Qualification test passed successfully <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span>Thu, 10/01/2020 - 17:41</span> <div><p><em>The test was performed at the presence of the Undersecretary of Defense Hon. Giulio Calvisi who then visited the construction site of the new SPTF industrial site for space activities in Perdasdefogu, Sardinia</em></p> <p>Cagliari, 1st October 2020. The qualification test of the <strong>Zefiro 9 VT3 engine</strong>, an <strong>advanced version</strong> of the third stage propulsion system already in use on the Vega launcher and specifically enhanced and customized for the new Vega C, was successfully completed this morning in view of the maiden flight scheduled for 2021.</p> <p>Thanks to this test, which took <strong>4 weeks</strong> of preparation and involved <strong>20 technicians and specialized operators</strong>, it was possible to record more than <strong>500 measurements in the 120 seconds of engine ignition</strong>, collecting all the necessary data and parameters to calculate the behavior of the engine with an approximation very close to the real conditions in which it will operate in space. Only few countries in the world have the complete and autonomous capacity to develop and qualify space engines and, for this reason, Sardinia plays an increasingly central role in the Italian and European aerospace sector.</p> <p>The test was followed by a visit to the <strong>Avio SPTF</strong> (Space Propulsion Test Facility) building site in Perdasdefogu (Cagliari), a project carried out with funding from Avio, The Ministry of Economic Development and the Sardinian Region, for the progress of the construction of the LRE test bench, intended for the development and qualification of <strong>"green" engines</strong> powered by cryogenic propellants, the sustainable future of space propulsion. The meeting was attended by the the Undersecretary of Defense Giulio Calvisi.</p> <p>As foreseen in the program presented in January, the end of the works is confirmed within the end of the year, to allow the installation of the test plant and the execution of the first engine firing test. In parallel, engineering activities continue at the AVIO headquarters in Sardinia, Villaputzu (Cagliari). Giorgio Saccoccia, President of the Italian Space Agency stated "<em>The Italian Space Agency is very satisfied with the results of the test, which demonstrates that public funding for national and ESA programmes in the access to space sector allows the strengthening of national competences both in the well-established solid propellant propulsion and in the innovative liquid propellant (oxygen-methane). These activities are the key building blocks of the identified path to strengthen national capacity for access to space. I would also like to underline that today's test represents an important step in the implementation of the technological development roadmap (which includes activities at national and ESA level through the LEAP programme) identified by ASI in the framework of the national strategy for Space defined by the Italian Government. In fact, the fire test on today's static bench test of the Zefiro 9 engine of the Vega satellite launch system allowed to demonstrate the correct behavior under operating conditions of the new technologies and materials developed in Italy, thanks to the collaboration that has been realized, under the direction of ASI, between the industry, the research centers and academia.</em></p> <p><em>Sardinia, thanks to SPTF, becomes one of the most important space technology poles in Europe - commented Giulio Ranzo, CEO of Avio. With the contribution of Asi, this investment on one hand will expand the skills and technological capabilities of the Italian Industry and Universities in space by increasing their competitiveness; on the other hand, it will allow Sardinia to become a strategic crossroads for the future of the sector, also thanks to the qualification tests of the motors of the third stage of the Vega E, which represents the new frontier of European space launchers</em>".</p> <p> </p></div> <div> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/avio.com/files/styles/articles/public/2020-10/Zefiro%209.jpeg?itok=4HG8lyDp" width="850" height="577" alt="Zefiro 9" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-fluid"/> </div> <div>Firing tests</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/65" hreflang="en">Vega C</a></div> </div> <div>Press release</div> <div> <div><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="/sites/avio.com/files/attachments/CS%20SPTF%20110-eng.pdf" type="application/pdf" title="CS SPTF 110-eng.pdf">Read the press release</a></span> <span>(25.08 KB)</span> </div> </div> <div> <div>Home page slider</div> <div>On</div> </div> Thu, 01 Oct 2020 15:41:41 +0000 admin 396 at http://www.avio.com Successful First Test Firing for the P120C Solid Rocket Motor for Ariane 6 and Vega-C http://www.avio.com/press-release/successful-test-firing-p120c-solid-rocket-motor Successful First Test Firing for the P120C Solid Rocket Motor for Ariane 6 and Vega-C <span><span lang="" about="/user/36" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">simona</span></span> <span>Mon, 07/16/2018 - 18:10</span> <div><p>Kourou, 16 July 2018</p> <p>• A successful test firing of 135 seconds conducted on the BEAP test bench in Kourou, French Guiana<br /> • P120C – the largest monolithic carbon-fiber solid rocket motor (SRM) in the world – is loaded with 142 tons of propellant<br /> • P120C will equip the boosters of both Ariane 62 and Ariane 64 and the Vega-C first stage ; 35 motors to be produced annually</p> <p>The<strong> P120C</strong> was successfully tested on 16 July in Kourou, French Guiana, on the BEAP test bench for solid rocket motors, operated by the French space agency CNES. This successful test of the first P120C ever produced is a major step in the development of the future European launchers, Ariane 6 and Vega-C. The P120C, co-developed by ArianeGroup and Avio, on behalf of their 50/50 joint venture Europropulsion, is the world’s largest monolithic carbon fiber SRM. The program for the development of Ariane 6 and Vega-C was decided on at the European Space Agency (ESA) Ministerial Council in 2014.</p> <p>Two further test stand firings will follow to qualify this motor before the first flight of Vega-C in 2019 and that of Ariane 6 in 2020.</p> <p>With major investments required for producing solid-propellant motors, the P120C is a perfect example of rationalization, since it will equip both Ariane 6 (in both its two-booster Ariane 62 and its four-booster Ariane 64 versions) and the first stage of Vega-C. This will allow up to 35 motors to be produced every year, making optimal use of industrial infrastructures on the European continent and in French Guiana, thus meeting the goals of the Ariane 6 and Vega-C programs: optimized costs, shorter cycles owing to a simplified design, and the application of innovative technologies and processes.</p> <p>The P120C consists of two principal parts. The first is the structural casing, built by Avio and made of carbon fiber (filament-wound, automated fabric layup pre-impregnated epoxy sheets). The second part is the nozzle, built by ArianeGroup and made of various composite materials, including carbon/carbon; it allows very high speed ejection of the extremely hot gases (3,000°C) generated by the motor, thus creating thrust by transforming the combustion gas energy into kinetic energy. The latter can also pivot, which enables the launcher to be piloted.</p> <p>The P120C in figures:</p> <ul><li>Motor length: 13.5 m</li> <li>Average thrust: 4,500 kN</li> <li>Diameter: 3.4 m</li> <li>Specific impulse: 278.5 s</li> <li>Propellant mass: 142 t</li> <li>Combustion time: 135 s</li> <li>Motor dry mass: 11t</li> <li>Motor case mass: 8.3 t</li> </ul></div> <div> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/avio.com/files/styles/articles/public/2019-10/P120C-1.jpg?itok=5Aj9xx8u" width="850" height="577" alt="P120C Solid Rocket Motor" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-fluid"/> </div> <div>Firing tests</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/82" hreflang="en">Ariane 6</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/65" hreflang="en">Vega C</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/81" hreflang="en">P120C</a></div> </div> <div>Press release</div> <div> <div><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="/sites/avio.com/files/attachments/EN_P120C-successful-testfire-1.pdf" type="application/pdf" title="EN_P120C-successful-testfire-1.pdf">Dowload the Press Release</a></span> <span>(204.2 KB)</span> </div> </div> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 16:10:54 +0000 simona 197 at http://www.avio.com Zefiro 40 (Z40) Engine Bench Test http://www.avio.com/press-release/zefiro-40-z40-engine-bench-test Zefiro 40 (Z40) Engine Bench Test <span><span lang="" about="/user/36" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">simona</span></span> <span>Thu, 03/08/2018 - 16:27</span> <div><p>IT WILL BE THE SECOND STAGE OF THE NEW EUROPEAN LAUNCHER VEGA C</p> <p>Colleferro, 8 March 2018 – Four weeks of preparation, 20 skilled technicians and operators involved, over 500 measurements recorded by the sensors during the 92-second ignition, enough to burn 36 tonnes of solid propellant and generating a thrust 4 times higher than the maximum power developed by the engine of a modern passenger aircraft.</p> <p>The <strong>Zefiro 40 engine</strong> test took successfully place in recent day in Sardinia and it’s the first functional test required to qualify this new propulsion system. During the test, which was performed at sea level, all of the parameters were gathered to calculate the engine’s behaviour at conditions very close to what the Z40 will encounter in actual operation: ignition at about 50 km above the earth’s surface after separation of the first stage P120.</p> <p>In fact, the Zefiro 40 engine is the <strong>second stage propulsion system of the Vega C satellite launcher</strong>, an evolution of the current Vega and scheduled to lift off for its maiden flight in 2019. With Vega C performance will be increased by 60%. This extends the market accessible to this launch vehicle from 50% to 90% of LEO (Low Earth Orbit) satellites, a significant part of which as <strong>multiple payload launches.</strong></p> <p>“Our success in the Z40 engine bench test shows that the development of Vega C has entered a mature stage, in view of the qualifying flight at the end of 2019 – said Avio CEO Giulio Ranzo. – The extraordinary collaboration of our technicians with those of ESA, allow today to realize new technologies and cutting-edge products in an effective way, achieving ever greater performance and cost competitiveness. We are very satisfied and look forward to the latest development phase of the new Vega C launcher “.</p> <h2> MAIN CHARACTERISTICS OF THE ZEFIRO 40:</h2> <ul><li>Engine length: 7.6 m</li> <li>Diameter: 2.3 m</li> <li>Propellant mass: 36 t</li> <li>Engine mass: 40 t</li> <li>Average thrust: 1304 kN</li> <li>Specific impulse: 293.5 s</li> <li>Burning time: 92.9 s</li> </ul><h3>AVIO FOR VEGA C</h3> <p>Avio will be responsible for the launcher in its entirety while, in collaboration with ArianeGroup , it will be responsible for the P120C solid propellant engine, which was derived from the first stage of the Vega P80 Launcher and will be made with prepreg carbon fibre material using Filament Winding technology.</p> <p>The launcher burns approximately 187 tonnes of solid propellant and 0.7 tonnes of liquid propellant. In order to achieve the greatest level of synergies among European launchers, the P120C engine has also been designed for use as a booster for the new Ariane 6.</p> <p> </p></div> <div> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/avio.com/files/styles/articles/public/2019-10/Prova-a-banco-Zefiro-40.jpg?itok=KsSmdLTL" width="850" height="577" alt="Zefiro 40 Engine Test" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-fluid"/> </div> <div>Firing tests</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/65" hreflang="en">Vega C</a></div> <div><a href="/tag/zefiro-40-engine" hreflang="en">Zefiro 40 Engine</a></div> </div> <div>Press release</div> <div> <div><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="/sites/avio.com/files/attachments/CS-prova-a-bancoZ40_EN.pdf" type="application/pdf" title="CS-prova-a-bancoZ40_EN.pdf">Download the Press Release</a></span> <span>(294.91 KB)</span> </div> </div> Thu, 08 Mar 2018 15:27:06 +0000 simona 192 at http://www.avio.com AVIO ONCE AGAIN CONFIRMS RELIABILITY http://www.avio.com/press-release/avio-confirms-reliability-once-again AVIO ONCE AGAIN CONFIRMS RELIABILITY <span><span lang="" about="/user/36" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">simona</span></span> <span>Fri, 09/09/2016 - 11:58</span> <div><p><strong>Firing test of the Solid Rocket Motor</strong> (MPS) of the Ariane 5 booster in Kourou, French Guiana, concluded successfully. This was the sixth firing test of ARTA (Accompagnement et Recherche Technologique Ariane), an ESA programme that has the objective of maintaining the qualification status of the Ariane 5 launch system.</p> <p>“Avio has a hundred years of experience in propulsion systems and fifty years of space history,” remarked Giulio Ranzo, CEO of Avio, “The result of this is confirmation that launcher reliability is built starting from a concrete base that is consolidated over time and with high level partners.”</p> <p>The first firing test, ARTA 1, took place on 16 May 2000, followed by ARTA 2 on 20 November 2001, ARTA 3 on 9 November 2004, ARTA 4 on 5 June 2008, and ARTA 5 on 4 May 2012. ARTA 6 was carried out four years after ARTA 5.</p> <p>The objectives of the ARTA 6 firing test were:</p> <ul><li>to verify the reproducibility of the behaviour of the motor</li> <li>to qualify materials introduced to increase Ariane 5’s competitiveness.</li> </ul><p>The firing test enabled the qualification of a new supplier of aluminium for the propellant, with the dual outcome of an alternative supply and a decrease in costs. It also validated the elimination of the sandblasting process on the metal casings prior to the application of the thermal protection, thus reducing production costs. Additionally, the firing test qualified a new steel for the igniter of the Ariane 5 boosters.</p> <p>The test also provided some important data, including a precise verification of the reproducibility of the motor’s performance in terms of thrust and the behaviour of the thermal protection, by means of specific measurements that cannot be made in-flight.</p> <p>The Solid Rocket Motors (MPS) of Ariane 5 are manufactured by Europropulsion, a 50/50 joint venture between Avio and ASL (Airbus Safran Launchers). Avio has direct responsibility for the production of the internal thermal protection and the solid propellant, a crucial element for the performance of the motor and the igniter, while ASL is responsible for producing the nozzles.</p></div> <div> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/avio.com/files/styles/articles/public/2019-10/cs_avio_arta_6-3.jpg?itok=5zCJSxp_" width="850" height="577" alt="09 SEP 2016 AVIO ONCE AGAIN CONFIRMS RELIABILITY Firing test of the Solid Rocket Motor (MPS) of the Ariane 5 booster in Kourou," typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-fluid"/> </div> <div>Firing tests</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/61" hreflang="en">Ariane 5</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/74" hreflang="en">rocket booster</a></div> </div> <div>Press release</div> Fri, 09 Sep 2016 09:58:26 +0000 simona 137 at http://www.avio.com