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    Avio: a green engine is born, the first to run on liquid oxygen and methane

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    (ANSA) – TURIN, 07 JUN – Avio’s green engine is born in Turin, the first in Europe to be powered by liquid oxygen and methane. The new M10 engine – presented in a meeting with the Aerospace District of Piedmont – is part of the development of the Vega E launcher, a project coordinated by the ESA (European Space Agency) and aimed at qualifying the next version to Vega whose launch is scheduled for 2026. The project, which has already passed the first two tests in the new Avio plant in Sardinia, has a value of between 50 and 60 million euros between Avio funds for tests, a contribution from the Piedmont Region for research and support for the Agencies ,. Around twenty people work there in Turin, but the number could increase.

    The project, started a few years ago thanks to the cooperation between Avio and the Italian Space Agency, was developed within the ESA and supported by the government. In Piedmont 3 main engine components have been designed and manufactured: the 2 turbopumps, one with liquid oxygen and the other with liquid methane and one of the control valves: elements made up of ten precision mechanical parts. The remaining parts of the engine are made in the Avio plants in Colleferro (Rome).

    “We worked in great harmony with Colleferro’s colleagues, collaborating with the technological excellence of Piedmont, with the Aerospace District of Turin and with the Polytechnic of Turin. A team effort that has produced an extraordinary result” underlines Christophe Dumaz, program manager Vega E. “The Piedmont Aerospace District is closely following the development of the project and the significant economic and employment impact for the area” adds the president Fulvia Quagliotti. (HANDLE).

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