Successful shot of the new M10 engine for Vega-E
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COLLEFERRO, Italy–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The new M10 Oxygen/Methane Engine for Vega E was successfully tested yesterday at Avio’s new Space Propulsion Test Facility (SPTF) on the Salto di Quirra range in Sardinia. The engine developed by Avio, with a thrust class of 10 tonnes, is the first of its kind to be successfully tested in Europe. The M10 represents, for all intents and purposes, a next-generation green engine, made 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 the ESA (European Space Agency) aimed at qualifying the successor to Vega C from 2026.
Vega E will outperform 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 power the last stage of the future Vega E launcher. will be throttled and restartable to allow multiple orbital maneuvers; the combination of oxygen and liquid methane will also make it a more environmentally sustainable engine.
The LRE test bench at Perdasdefogu in Sardinia, a new technological hub created by AVIO, was built in record time for testing cryogenic engines. With the new M10 engine, Avio is one of the few global players to possess innovative cryogenic methane engine technology for space applications. Thanks to this technology, it will be possible to further develop the product range and ensure independent access to space for Europe in the long term.
Giulio Ranzo, CEO of Avio, said: “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. 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 achieve this important first step.“.
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