Italian company Avio S.p.A., a leading company in space propulsion that offers competitive solutions for launching institutional, governmental, and commercial payloads in Earth orbit, will buy 10 more engines for VEGA rocket made by the Ukrainian Yuzhnoye State Design Office, one of the most well-known and recognized scientific and design companies in the world in the field of space technology development.
The current contract for the purchase of eleven main engine assemblies is valid until 2023. From these assemblies, seven have been delivered under this contract already, one assembly will be shipped to the customer soon, and the manufacture of three main engine assemblies is underway.
The lightweight launch vehicle Vega is the joint project of the ESA – European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. Yuzhnoye SDO and Yuzhmash PA have been cooperating with Italian AVIO S.p.A under the Vega program since 2004. For these years, more than 20 main engine assemblies have been manufactured and delivered to AVIO S.p.A, and the latest delivery was at the beginning of 2021.