VINCI: Europe's New Upper-stage Engine

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  • VINCI: Europas leistungsstärkstes und modernstes Oberstufentriebwerk

    VINCI - Europe's new upper-stage engine

    VINCI should become available by 2017. As it is re-ignitable, the engine is capable of inserting satellites directly into a geostationary orbit or releasing them in a variety of other orbits. Furthermore, its active de-orbit capability helps to avoid space debris.

VINCI is Europe's most recent and powerful upper-stage engine. After more than 60 tests under vacuum conditions conducted on ESA test stand P4.1 at DLR's Lampholdshausen site, VINCI's first development phase will be complete by the end of 2012. The engine is being built by the French company Snecma in collaboration with other European partners. Intended for use with future generations of the European launcher Ariane, VINCI should become available by 2017. As it is re-ignitable, the engine is capable of inserting satellites directly into a geostationary orbit or releasing them in a variety of other orbits. Furthermore, its active de-orbit capability helps to avoid space debris.

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17/08/2012 10:39:20