Italy and France sign agreement on space launchers

Italy and France sign agreement on space launchers
Italy and France sign agreement on space launchers   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  
By Reuters

<div> <p><span class="caps">MILAN</span> – Italy and France clinched an accord on Friday to strengthen their cooperation on space launchers as part of a broader bilateral treaty.</p> <p>Among the goals laid out in the bilateral treaty were pledges to reinforce military connections, including at an industrial level, and work together in the space sector. </p> <p>The two countries agreed to work together on liquid and solid propulsion and press ahead with the development of launchers Ariane 6 and Vega C, Italy’s innovation minister and France’s economy minister said in a joint press release.</p> <p>Launchers are the second largest area of space-manufacturing activity in Europe after commercial satellites, according to the European Space Agency (<span class="caps">ESA</span>).</p> <p>For the development of Ariane 6, <span class="caps">ESA</span> is working with more than 600 companies in 13 European countries, led by prime contractor ArianeGroup, which is a joint venture of Airbus and Safran. </p> <p><span class="caps">ESA</span> is overseeing procurement and the architecture of the overall Vega-C launch system, while industry is building the rocket with Italy’s Avio as prime contractor. </p> <p/> </div>