Snecma signs High Thrust Engine demonstrator contract with ESA

Le Bourget, June 18, 2009

Snecma (SAFRAN Group), the prime contractor of European cryogenic propulsion, and its European partners of the Joint Propulsion Team sign High Thrust Engine demonstrator contract with ESA.

Today, the European Space Agency (ESA) has signed a 20M€ addendum with Snecma, Astrium GmbH and Avio SpA, on the future High Thrust Engine Demonstrator of the first stage of Ariane Next Generation Launcher. The contract has a total value of more than 33M€ and integrates key European competences of 14 companies in 9 countries.

Cryogenic liquid propulsion has been selected for main stage propulsion trade-offs for its flexibility, growth potential and proven records. This project encompasses a complete set of technology activities on advanced subsystem to meet ambitious objectives in terms of costs and reliability.

"Liquid propulsion technologies development and system studies in the frame of ESA Future Launchers Preparatory Programme federate the efforts of the European industrial teams and prepare future decisions regarding the next generation launchers", said Jacques Serre, Vice- President, space engines division Snecma.

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Snecma a SAFRAN Group company, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of aircraft and space engines, with a wide range of propulsion systems on offer. The company designs and builds commercial aircraft engines – including the CFM56* world's leader - that are powerful, reliable, economical and environmentally friendly, along with military aircraft engines that have always delivered world-class performance. Snecma also develops and produces propulsion systems and equipment for launch vehicles and satellites. Snecma also offers a complete range of engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services to airlines, armed forces and operators.

* * CFM56 engines are produced and marketed by CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between General Electric and Snecma.

Press contact | Antoinette Menard / Vincent Chappard | Tel +33 (0)1 69 87 09 28 / 29 | Fax +33 (0)1 69 87 09 02 | antoinette.menard@snecma.fr / vincent.chappard@snecma.fr