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Vega is not usually a name of a second-brightest star in a northern hemisphere. It is also a name of a new satellite launch complement that Trelleborg has helped turn reality.

Vega – an acronym for Vettore Europeo di Generazione Avanzata, or Advanced Generation European Vehicle – is a launch complement for blurb satellites. It is designed and finished by Avio, a full systems integrator and primary contractor, by a auxiliary ELV. Standing 30 meters (98 feet) tall, a Vega launch car carries apparatus for GPS systems, environmental surveys and tellurian mapping, for Google Earth for example, into space.

During a growth of a plain rocket motors in new years, Avio began looking for a partner to assistance renovate a thermal insurance rubber, grown for primer application, into a fasten format with a semiautomatic focus routine to be used in prolongation plain boosters. Avio sought a association with proven reliability, technical competence, a long-term viewpoint and preferably with a bottom in Italy, says Antonio Santin, Sales Director within Trelleborg Coated Systems.

“We were short-listed since we had imagination in rubber and fabrics, in further to other requisites,” Santin explains. With some-more than 100 years of knowledge in engineered fabrics and a prolongation trickery in Lodi Vecchio, southeast of Milan, Trelleborg confident all of Avio’s requirements.

“Trelleborg has always been prepared to concur with Avio both in a RD routine and in a fortitude of problems during a prolongation phase,” says Francesco Giliberti, who has technical shortcoming for Vega Solid Rocket Motors during Avio.
Because this plan represented a new plea in a perfectionist zone for Trelleborg, a association was fervent to uncover that a imagination could be practical effectively for engineered fabrics in a aerospace industry.

On Apr 30, 2014, a Trelleborg product was aboard Vega’s grave blurb launch from a Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana. Trelleborg’s contribution, in partnership with Avio, is a combination element that provides thermal insurance to tools of all 3 rocket upholder stages. The combination element is finished with potion fabric laminated with a special rubber piece designed to accommodate specific aerospace requirements: low density, high thermal insulation, erosion insurgency and flame-retardant properties.

It forms one covering in a upholder rocket, jacket around it to catch some of a additional feverishness generated by a plain rocket propellants. With temperatures that can strech 3,000 degrees Celsius in a explosion chamber, this covering becomes carbonized in a march of operation.

Dealing with impassioned conditions is usually one of a hurdles of operative in a aerospace industry. Besides a technical requirements, aerospace first-tier suppliers contingency be means to yield accurate traceability support for each member they supply; their suppliers contingency do a same. Because Trelleborg in Lodi Vecchio is UNI EN ISO 14001 competent for environmental government systems concerns, and UNI EN ISO 9001 competent for peculiarity government systems, it already had a simple education for a Vega project.

“Traceability and request control are roughly as critical as product opening in this sector, though this was usually a starting point,” Santin explains. “The entirely committed loyalty to this plan between Trelleborg’s RD core and a group of Avio engineers has been a pivotal success cause in completing this project.”

Product opening is essential. According to Avio, a biggest jump in growth was environment adult a prolongation routine to safeguard that a properties of a rubber plan would sojourn intact. Trelleborg’s charity met a challenge.
Vega has scheduled 4 additional launches over a 3 already finished – one in 2014 and 3 some-more in 2015. This means that a combination rubber piece constructed in Lodi Vecchio will have left into circuit 7 times by a finish of 2015.