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Avio: Ariane 6 maiden flight

Placing into orbit multiple payloads

The Ariane 6 launcher has successfully completed its maiden flight from the French Guiana Space Centre, placing into orbit multiple payloads. 

Avio is partner of the Ariane 6 program providing the solid rocket boosters P120C and the liquid oxygen turbopumps for the core stage Vulcain 2.1 engine and the upper stage Vinci engine. The P120C motors had an optimal performance. The company will continue to provide those boosters, which will be used in a two or four boosters configuration, depending on the payload to be transported in orbit. 

The industry is already working on a more powerful version of the booster, called P160, which will increase the thrust of the launcher and its payload capacity, to accomplish the missions for the Amazon Kuiper satellite constellation among the other things. The P160 will be the world largest carbon fiber monolithic motor and will also be used on Vega C. 

Giulio Ranzo, CEO of Avio commented: “We congratulate with ESA and ArianeGroup for the successful maiden flight of Ariane 6. We are proud to be part of this program, which will continue to ensure a European independent access to space along with our Vega C”.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency