"At the end of August European customer to ensure the supply main engine for the second launch launcher Vega. Currently being prepared for mass production — the financing of this work has already been started by the customer," — said the agency "Interfax-Ukraine" a source familiar with the details of the Ukrainian-European cooperation Program launcher Vega.
According to the source, the next delivery to the customer, manufactured in Ukraine, the main engine for the Vega launch vehicle planned for 2014.
Interlocutor of the agency found it difficult at this stage to specify the program launches of Vega, recalling that a successful test run Vega launcher from Kourou place in February.
"Launch Date second flight machine — is the competence of our European colleagues," — he said.
As recalled by the source before the ESA (European Space Agency — IF) has confirmed an order for five missiles Vega. In April SDO "Southern" and by "Pivdenmash" (both — Kiev) signed a three-year, with possible extension of the contract with AvioSpA the supply of the first five series of the fourth stage of the main engines for the RN Vega.
The contract for the development, qualification and supply the main engine of the fourth stage of ROP Vega "Southern" and "Pivdenmash" signed with the Italian Avio SpA in February 2004.
The program includes the creation RN Vega, a member of the European family of launch vehicles involved Italy, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Italy through the Italian Space Agency (ASI) is funding 65% of the program.
Vega light launcher class is designed for output on a sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 1200 km of satellites weighing up to 1,200 kg, or a polar orbit at an altitude of 700 km satellite weighing 1500 kg. Rocket consists of three stages and the solid fourth stage liquid fuel. Its height is 30 m, starting weight — 130 tons.
RN launches will be from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
In January 2008, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the EKA signed in Paris an agreement on cooperation in the use of outer space for peaceful purposes.
The structure of the ESA comprises 17 European countries.