ESA Vega Set for Qualification Flight on 2/13/2012

VEGA VV01
ESA Vega Launch Vehicle VV01 On the Pad in Kourou, French Guiana.
Image Credit: ESA – S. Corvaja, 2012

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) newest launch vehicle VEGA is set for an inaugural flight on Monday, 13 February 2012. The vehicle is carrying nine satellites, and the launch window opens at 1000 UTC and closes at 1230 (3:00 AM – 5:30 AM Phoenix time).

The payload includes:

  • LARES laser relativity satellite
  • ALMASat-1 from ASI
  • seven CubeSats from European Universities

Flight Profile
ESA Vega Launch Vehicle VV01 Flight Profile
Image Credit: ESA- J. Huart, 2012

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