Artist's view of the Ariane 6 four boosters configuration (A64). Photo courtesy ESA.
Artist's view of the Ariane 6 four boosters configuration (A64). Photo courtesy ESA.

GKN Aerospace has won contracts from Airbus Safran Launchers to develop and manufacture rocket engine sub-systems for the Ariane 6 launch vehicle.

The contracts cover sub-systems for both the main (VULCAIN 2.1) and upper (VINCI) stage engines for the European Space Agency-led new-generation rocket launcher.

In total, GKN Aerospace will provide five sub-systems for each Ariane 6 rocket, including four turbine assemblies for the two engines, generating power for the hydrogen and oxygen fuel systems. These turbine assemblies will be manufactured at GKN Aerospace’s engine systems operation in Trollhättan, Sweden.

Among the sub-systems being supplied by GKN Aerospace will be an advanced nozzle (SWAN) for the Vulcain 2.1 engine.  This is the first flying nozzle to incorporate technologies such as laser-welded sandwich walls and additively manufactured structural reinforcements.  

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