Company Profile

Avio SpA, the Colleferro Rome-based leading Company in Space Transportation Systems, has been working in the space segment for more than 50 years.

Thanks to the Ariane and Vega programs, we have acquired knowledge and expertise to design, manufacture, test and integrate not only solid / liquid fuel propulsion engines for space and defense applications, but also a complete Launcher System, i.e. Vega and its upcoming evolutions Vega C / Vega E.

AVIO is a public Company listed on the Milan Stock Exchange since April 2017 (70% of free floating, 4% Management share), we are nearly  1000 people working in Italy, France and French Guiana, successfully running propellant, filament-wound structures and stage integration plants as well as operating the Vega launch pad at CSG, Kourou.

Location

Via Ariana Km 5,2 Colleferro RM 00034

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    Products | Services | Applications |Technologies

    SOLID ROCKET PROPULSION

    Design, manufacturing, assembly and testing of Solid Rocket Motors (SRM) and their different sub-assembly (Inert Motor Case, Thermal Protections, Loaded Motor Case, Nozzle):

    • SRM P230 Solid Rocket Motors of about 240 tons of propellant and a Maximum Thrust of about 7000 kN, used as first stage booster of Ariane 5 launcher.
    • P80 1 Solid Rocket Motor of about 88 tons of propellant and a Maximum Thrust of about 3000 kN, used as first stage of Vega launcher.
    • P120C 1 Solid Rocket Motor of about 140 tons of propellant and a Maximum Thrust of about 4300 kN, to be used as first stage of Vega C launcher and booster of Ariane 6 launcher.
    • Z40 Solid Rocket Motor of about 36 tons of propellant and a Maximum Thrust of about 1300 kN, to be used as second stage of Vega C launcher.

    LIQUID ROCKET PROPULSION

    Design, manufacturing, integration and testing of Liquid Rocket Propulsive Systems and their different sub-assembly:

    • AVUM Liquid Propulsion System Vega launcher fourth stage main propulsion system; NTO/UDMH bipropellant pressure regulated system.
    • Vulcain 1/2 and Vinci Turbo Pump Oxygene1

    Liquid Oxygen Turbo Pumps for Vulcain 1/2 engines used for the first core stage of Ariane 5 launcher & VINCI used for Ariane 6 upper cryogenic stage.

    • M10 Engine Cryogenic LOX/LCH4 10-tons class liquid rocket engine that 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
    • Satellites chemical liquid propulsion systems MON3/MMH bipropellant regulated chemical propulsion systems of the geostationary satellites Small GEO and EDRS-C.

    Vega Launch Vehicle Vega is a 4-stage Launch Vehicle. It is composed by:

    • 1st stage: P80 SRM (88 tons)
    • 2nd stage: Z23 SRM (24 tons)
    • 3rd stage: Z9 SRM (10,5 tons)
    • 4th stage: AVUM liquid stage (including Liquid Propulsion System, Roll Attitude Control System, Avionics)
    • Flight Program Software
    • Upper Composite: Payload Adapter & Fairing for the satellite accommodation

    Vega C Launch Vehicle is an upgrade of present launcher Vega configuration aimed to improve the launch system performance.

    Vega C is a 4-stage Launch Vehicle. It is composed by:

    • 1st stage: P120C SRM (140 tons)
    • 2nd stage: Z40 SRM (36 tons)
    • 3rd stage: Z9 SRM (10,5 tons)
    • 4th stage: AVUM+ (including enhanced Liquid Propulsion System, Roll Attitude and Control System, upgraded Avionics)
    • Flight Program Software
    • Upper Composite: Payload Adapter & Fairing (larger than the VEGA fairing) for the satellite accommodation.

    SPACE RIDER (under development)

    Space Rider is a reusable space transportation system to be launched by the VEGA-C launcher and able to perform experimentation and demonstration of multiple application missions in low Earth orbit and recovered.

    The Space Rider System is managed in co-premiership with TAS-I. It is made of the AVUM Orbital Module (AOM), designed and developed by AVIO, and a Re-entry Module (RM) integrated in a single stack-up.

    The AVUM Orbital Module is made by:

    • AVUM+
    • PLA1194-LEK: standard 1194mm conical adapter modified for Space Rider
    • ALEK: hosts the avionics dedicated to the orbital operations and the solar panels.

    The AOM will start its operations as service module after the initial orbit acquisition at the end of the VegaC ascent phase and it is able to service the Space Rider System for more than 2 months supplying:

    • Power
    • Propulsion
    • Attitude Control
    • Guidance & Navigation
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    Ariane 5; Ariane 6; Vega; Vega C; Vega E; Space Rider; Hera; Mars Sample Return