US News Macron in Eure in a new generation rocket engine factory

11:00  12 january  2021
11:00  12 january  2021 Source:   europe1.fr

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Le président de la République se rend mardi à Vernon, dans l’Eure, pour visiter une usine d’ArianeGroup qui construit une nouvelle génération de moteurs de fusées, moins chers et surtout réutilisables. Le chef de l'Etat va ainsi mettre en lumière un projet stratégique pour la France et pour l’Europe. © JODY AMIET / AFP The President of the Republic is going to Vernon, in Eure on Tuesday, to visit an ArianeGroup factory which is building a new generation of rocket engines, cheaper and above all reusable. The head of state will thus highlight a strategic project for France and for Europe.

This is a political spotlight on an industrial project of the future. Emmanuel Macron goes to Vernon, in the Eure, on Tuesday afternoon, on one of the ArianeGroup sites. Engineers are currently building a new generation of rocket engines, called Prometheus, which are cheaper and reusable. In this factory hidden in the middle of the forest, the ambition is to build the engines and rockets of tomorrow. The "Prometheus" engine is so complex that it can only be manufactured with giant

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But the rocket had a new first stage, one that was considerably more powerful than those it replaced. The RD-180, as the engine is called, was built by NPO In a marriage that would have been unimaginable at the height of the space race, a Russian engine was powering an American rocket .

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3D printers. Above all, it is ten times cheaper than the engines that are currently used. This new generation engine will allow the rocket to return to land vertically on the launch pad, as the American company Space X is capable of doing today.

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And Prometheus can also be reused. "I had this program decided in early 2015, at a time when not many people in Europe believed in reusable", recalls Jean-Yves Le Gall, the head of the National Center for Space Studies. "Luckily we made the decision and Prometheus will be doing his first bench tests in 2021."

France and Europe, if they want to be competitive, have no other choice but to bet on reusable technology, faced with the extreme reactivity of private companies in the space sector.

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