Italy and France sign agreement on space launchers – .

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Italy and France sign agreement on space launchers – .


General view of Ariane 6, the next generation European space rocket, production line of the Ariane Group in Bremen, Germany on February 19, 2019. REUTERS / Fabian Bimmer

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MILAN, Nov.26 (Reuters) – Italy and France on Friday reached an agreement to boost cooperation on space launchers as part of a larger bilateral treaty.

Among the objectives set out in the bilateral treaty were commitments to strengthen military connections, including at the industrial level, and to work together in the space sector.

The two countries have agreed to work together on liquid and solid propulsion and to further develop the Ariane 6 and Vega C launchers, the Italian innovation and French economy ministers said in a joint statement.

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Launchers are the second area of ​​space manufacturing activity in Europe after commercial satellites, according to the European Space Agency (ESA).

For the development of Ariane 6, ESA works with more than 600 companies in 13 European countries, under the direction of the prime contractor ArianeGroup, which is a joint venture between Airbus (AIR.PA) and Safran (SAF. PA).

ESA oversees the procurement and architecture of the entire Vega-C launch system, while industry is building the rocket with Italian Avio (AVI.MI) as prime contractor.

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Reporting by Francesca Landini Editing by Frances Kerry

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