ZEFIRO-23 second stage

The Vega’s second and third stages both use Zefiro solid rocket motors. These stages, each 1.9 meters in diameter, comprise a filament-wound carbon-epoxy case, with low-density EPDM insulation and a nozzle with flex-joints equipped with electromechanical actuators to direct the thrust.

The second stage Zefiro 23 is 8.39 meters long, and is loaded with 23,814 kg. of solid propellant HTPB 1912, providing maximum vacuum thrust of 1,120 kN. It operates for approximately 78 seconds.

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