Curtiss-Wright Congratulates AVIO and the European Space Agency on the Successful Inaugural Launch of the Vega-C Launcher

Curtiss-Wright Congratulates AVIO and the European Space Agency on the Successful Inaugural Launch of the Vega-C Launcher
Curtiss-Wright provides the telemetry data system used on the Vega-C Launcher


ASHBURN, Va. – JULY 20, 2022 – Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division, a leading supplier of flight test instrumentation solutions engineered to succeed, today congratulated Italy’s AVIO S.p.A., the prime contractor for the Vega-C launcher, and the European Space Agency (ESA) on the successful first launch of the Vega-C. Curtiss-Wright provides a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) telemetry data subsystem for the new launcher. Vega-C is designed to deliver government, commercial, and science payloads weighing up to 2,200 kg to Sun-synchronous Earth orbit. As this market is especially cost-sensitive, ESA’s goal is for the Vega-C launcher to serve as a next-generation launch vehicle that is able to support the same or greater mission objectives as the original Vega but at a reduced cost. Curtiss-Wright’s cost-effective COTS electronics systems approach supports this challenging performance/cost target.

“We extend our sincerest congratulations to AVIO and the European Space Agency on the successful launch of the Vega-C,” said Chris Wiltsey, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions. “We are very proud to support this important program with our cost-effective Space COTS products. Our unique Smart Backplane technology enables radiation-tolerant electronics to be used in many applications across many market sectors, allowing lower-cost COTS modules to be reliably used in harsh space environments.”

Curtiss-Wright provides AVIO with a full telemetry subsystem used on the Vega-C launcher, including data acquisition, data handling, and RF transmission. 

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John Wranovics

John Wranovics

Director of Public Relations

John Wranovics has over thirty years of experience in managing media relations and the promotion of high technology products. He has been with Curtiss-Wright since 2003. He has a degree in English Literature from the University of California, Berkeley.