ESA signs High Thrust Engine Demonstrator contract for next-gen launcher

  • 17-Jul-2009 11:29 EDT
At the Paris Air Show, the European Space Agency signed the contract for High Thrust Engine Demonstrator for Next Generation Launcher with the Joint Propulsion Team, a consortium composed of Avio SpA, Astrium GmbH, and Snecma.
The European Space Agency (ESA) signed a €20 million contract rider with the Joint Propulsion Team, composed of Avio SpA, Astrium GmbH, and Snecma, for the development of the future cryogenic-liquid engine demonstrator for the European Next Generation Launcher first stage, the High Thrust Engine Demonstrator. The contract has a total value of more than €33 million and will cover industrial activities of ESA’s Future Launchers Preparatory Program until mid-2010. Cryogenic liquid propulsion has been selected for main-stage propulsion trade-offs because of its flexibility, growth potential, and proven record. The project encompasses a complete set of technology activities on advanced subsystems to meet ambitious objectives in terms of cost and reliability. In parallel, integrated system demonstrator studies are being performed, aiming at selecting the reference design by mid-2010 and progressing toward the hot-firing test of a midscale engine demonstrator around 2014, which could also evolve into a predevelopment phase. 
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