P80 is the first stage of the Vega launcher. It is composed of a solid fuel engine, a 0/1 aluminium skirt interface between the launch pad and the launcher and a ½ conical aluminium skirt interface with the second stage.
Its specifications are as follows:
P80 was developed in its own specific programme in parallel with the Vega programme. This programme is financed by the ESA and the contracting authority is the P80 programme group represented by the CNES Launcher Department (CNES/DLA/RAP/ADS). The prime contractor is the industrial AVIO.