Italy confirms commitment to new-gen LOX-methane rocket engines with $354M in ESA-managed contracts to Avio

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Italian government confirmed its intention to lead European efforts in developing a LOX-methane rocket engine by investing 337.5 million euros ($354 million) in technologies for a two-stage-to-orbit vehicle and a new, higher-thrust LOX-methane engine design.

The investments came from Italy’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR), a multibillion-euro effort financed by the European Commission.

Italian rocket builder Avio SpA, which is already developing a LOX-methane engine for a next-generation Vega rocket, called Vega . . .

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