Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
  Space Travel News  




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



Development Contracts Signed For Future European Launchers

ESA and NGL Prime S.p.A. of Italy sign two key contracts, one for the definition of launcher system concepts for the European Next Generation Launcher and the other for the development of a European Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV). The contracts were signed by ESA's Director of Launcher Programmes, Antonio Fabrizi (on the left), and Axel Roenneke, CEO of NGL Prime S.p.A. Credits: ESA - S. Corvaja
by Staff Writers
Paris, France (ESA) Jun 28, 2007
This week, ESA signed two key contracts with NGL Prime S.p.A. of Italy, one for the definition of launcher system concepts for the European Next Generation Launcher and the other for the development of a European Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV). Both contracts are part of ESA's Future Launchers Preparatory Programme (FLPP), which aim is to develop and demonstrate the technologies for a Next Generation Launcher (NGL) for Europe, which is expected to become operational after 2020.

A secondary aim is to enhance the reliability and competitiveness of European launchers, including those operational today.

The contracts have a total value of more than 20 million euros and integrate key European competences and expertise in launcher and re-entry systems from 43 industrial and research organisations from 11 ESA member states.

The launcher systems studies will prepare key technical and programme data for the ESA Ministerial Conference in 2008, when strategic decisions about future launcher development will be made. The studies will examine the different options that Europe could adopt for the NGL.

In parallel, the IXV will demonstrate Europe's advanced re-entry technologies and integrated system design capabilities. The IXV reference mission calls for a lift off from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, aboard a Vega launch vehicle, followed by a fully automatically controlled re-entry, descent and landing in the Pacific Ocean. The IXV is scheduled to fly in 2010.

The contracts were signed by ESA's Director of Launcher Programmes, Antonio Fabrizi, and Axel Roenneke, CEO of NGL Prime S.p.A.

"These contracts are a very important step in preparing for future decisions on European next generation launchers and in the development of critical technologies for re-entry", underlined Antonio Fabrizi at the signing.

NGL Prime S.p.A., a joint venture owned by EADS Astrium N.V. (70%) and Finmeccanica S.p.A. (30%), and located in Turin, Italy, was created in 2006 to act as the industrial prime contractor, managing the development and production of Europe's next generation launch systems.

Related Links
Space at Finmeccanica
EADS Astrium
Rocket Science at ESA
Rocket Science News at Space-Travel.Com



Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News


DARPA And Australia Collaborate On Successful Hypersonic Flight Test
Arlington, VA (SPX) Jun 22, 2007
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and Australia's Defence Science and Technology Organisation announced that the Hypersonic Collaborative Australia/United States Experiment (HyCAUSE) program has successfully flown a hydrogen-fueled, axisymmetric, inward-turning scramjet engine. A two-stage Talos Mk-11/Castor 1 XM-33 sounding rocket lifted off June 15 from the Woomera Test Range in Southern Australia at approximately 12:05 pm. (local time).







  • Development Contracts Signed For Future European Launchers
  • DARPA And Australia Collaborate On Successful Hypersonic Flight Test
  • Air Force Continues Northrop Grumman Contract For Upper Stage Engine Program
  • World's Largest Vacuum Chamber To Test Orion

  • Arianespace Orders 35 Ariane 5 ECA Rockets
  • Spacehab Subsidiary Wins New NASA Launch Processing Contract At Vandenberg
  • Arianespace Winning Launch Contracts From Across The World
  • 2006 Bumper Year For Satellite Launcher Arianespace

  • Shuttle Endeavour Set For Move To Vehicle Assembly Building
  • NASA Basks In Shuttle Success Amid Tumultuous Year
  • Space Shuttle Lands Back On Earth
  • Bad Weather Pushes STS-117 Landing To Friday

  • Senate Committee Chairs React To NASA Report On ISS National Laboratory
  • Station And Shuttle Crews Close Hatches And Prep For Undocking Tuesday
  • STS-117 Shuttle Crew Conduct Fourth And Final Spacewalk About Space Station
  • Astronauts Fix Computers On ISS And Repair Shuttle Thermal Blanket

  • NASA Selects Reynolds To Design Emergency Egress System For Orion Astronauts
  • Sunita Williams Makes Giant Leaps For Womankind
  • Lack Of Willingness To Discuss NASA Budget Deeply Disappointing
  • Moon Jobs May Crater Suggests Rutgers-Camden Researcher

  • China To Launch Third Sino-Brazilian Satellite In September
  • China Launches Satellite To Take TV Signal Nationwide
  • China Launches Communications Satellite SinoSat-3
  • China Aims To Launch Moon Probe This Year

  • Team SpelBots Take On Robotic Titans At RoboCup 2007
  • Japanese Humanoid Is Working In The Rain
  • Japanese Robot Receptionists For Hire
  • Japanese Researchers Help Robots Brush Up Communication Skills

  • Mars Rover Laser Tool Ready For Testing
  • Mars Experiment To Push Mental Endurance To The Limit
  • Spirit Gets A Solar Panel Spring Clean
  • ESA Wants Space Pioneers For 520-Day Mars Experiment

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright Space.TV Corporation. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space.TV Corp on any Web page published or hosted by Space.TV Corp. Privacy Statement