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Italy and France sign agreement on space launchers

Fri 26th November, 2021 5:39pm
MILAN, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Italy and France clinched an
accord on Friday to strengthen their cooperation on space
launchers as part of a broader bilateral treaty.
    Among the goals laid out in the bilateral treaty were 
pledges to reinforce military connections, including at an
industrial level, and work together in the space sector.    
    The two countries agreed to work together on liquid and
solid propulsion and press ahead with the development of
launchers Ariane 6 and Vega C, Italy's innovation minister and
France's economy minister said in a joint press release.
    Launchers are the second largest area of space-manufacturing
activity in Europe after commercial satellites, according to the
European Space Agency (ESA).
    For the development of Ariane 6, ESA is working with more
than 600 companies in 13 European countries, led by prime
contractor ArianeGroup, which is a joint venture of Airbus
 AIR.PA  and Safran  SAF.PA . 
    ESA is overseeing procurement and the architecture of the
overall Vega-C launch system, while industry is building the
rocket with Italy's Avio  AVI.MI  as prime contractor. 

 (Reporting by Francesca Landini
Editing by Frances Kerry)
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