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Vega’s Zefiro 9 Engine Passes Qualification Test

5 Oct 2020, 11:37 UTC
Vega’s Zefiro 9 Engine Passes Qualification Test
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Zefiro 9 engine test (Credit; Avio)

The test was performed at the presence of the Undersecretary of Defense Hon. Giulio Calvisi who then visited the construction site of the new SPTF industrial site for space activities in Perdasdefogu, Sardinia.

CAGLIARI, Italy (Avio PR) — The qualification test of the Zefiro 9 VT3 engine, an advanced version of the third stage propulsion system already in use on the Vega launcher and specifically enhanced and customized for the new Vega C, was successfully completed this morning in view of the maiden flight scheduled for 2021.

Thanks to this test, which took 4 weeks of preparation and involved 20 technicians and specialized operators, it was possible to record more than 500 measurements in the 120 seconds of engine ignition, collecting all the necessary data and parameters to calculate the behavior of the engine with an approximation very close to the real conditions in which it will operate in space. Only few countries in the world have the complete and autonomous capacity to develop and qualify space engines and, for this reason, Sardinia plays an increasingly central role in the Italian and European aerospace sector.

The test was followed by a visit to the ...

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