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Ablative composites for ESA

Ability to withstand the extremely high temperatures produced by rocket motor exhaust.

7th December 2021

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Paris


Solvay and Avio SpA have signed a long-term agreement for the supply of advanced composites and adhesive materials to be used across a range of programmes including the Vega space programmes, the European Space Agency’s satellite launch vehicles designed to send payloads into low Earth orbit (LEO).

Solvay has a strong legacy in the space market and is a leader in elite ablative materials for space applications, such as nozzles and exit cones. Its products have been used across many space launch programmes over the years, thanks to their ability to withstand the extremely high temperatures produced by the rocket motor exhaust.

The company will now supply Avio with further ablative materials, RTM resins and adhesives.

Avio has over 50 years of history designing, developing, producing and integrating space launchers for placing institutional, governmental and commercial payloads in earth orbit through its Vega rocket family.

“We are excited to extend our partnership with industry leader Avio and continue to support Vega critical  missions,” said Carmelo Lo Faro, president of Solvay’s Materials Segment. “We are currently seeing renewed enthusiasm and investment in the global space race and we believe that our advanced materials will be key enablers for space exploration, space tourism and also the

 aunch placement of satellite constellations. We helped put the first man on the moon and will be here for the first woman on Mars.”

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