As the Paris Air Show wraps up, Avio will be ready for a new milestone: the fifth launch of its Vega, to send a Sentinel 2 satellite into orbit on June 23. 

The Vega, created by Avio (Hall 1 E316) and ASI (Hall 4, EF82), uses the P80 motor, which the company says is the biggest monolithic solid propellant motor in the world. It adds that the third-stage Z9 is the “most souped-up engine,” because of the high ratio of propellant to weight.

At the show this week, the company will have on display its Vega C model on a scale of 1:10. The Vega C, equipped to carry 20% more cargo into orbit, is scheduled for its first launch in 2018.

In addition to the Vega C, Avio will show a model of the launcher’s first-stage P120C motor – which aims to be even larger than the P80. The powerplant will also serve as the side booster for Europe’s future Ariane 6. Depending on the version, the Ariane launcher will use two or four of the P120C boosters.

In advance of the show, Lasagni underscores the fact that Avio adds Italy to the group of nations able to make launch vehicles.

In addition to the press conference, Avio will display a number of manufactured products including the nozzle of the Z23 engine, which can handle temperatures hotter than 3,000 degrees Celsius. It will also show the liquid-oxygen turbopump for the Vulcain 2 cryogenic engine and MIRA, a liquid-oxygen and methane engine that could be used for Vega in the future. The developmental MIRA engine is being worked on by Avio, ASI and the Russian company KBKhA.

Avio also has on display carbon fiber products made with special resins, and components made with additive layer manufacturing. And Avio will be changing its company logo.