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Air Liquide to design cryogenic tanks for Vega-E space launcher

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Air Liquide is advancing space exploration having signed a contract with space propulsion expert Avio to design the new generation of cryogenic tanks for the upper stage of the future Vega-E launcher, a project coordinated by the European Space Agency (ESA).

The launcher will use cryogenic tanks filled with a mixture of oxygen stored at -182C and methane stored at -161C to act as propellant for the oxygen-methane engine. 

Earlier this year, Avio successfully carried out the first test of its new M10 liquid oxygen-liquid/methane engine, which will be used to power the launcher.  

A key part of the new launcher’s development, the engine will provide ten tonnes of thrust and is manufactured with extensive use of additive layer manufacturing technologies.  

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