Successful Vega Launch

Vega Launch
Vega Launch From Kourou, French Guiana
Image Credit: ESA – S. Corvaja, 2012

The European Space Agency (ESA) added a new light launcher to the existing medium Soyuz and heavy Ariane 5 rockets available for satellite launches. The first Vega lifted off on schedule at 3:00 AM Phoenix time (1000 UTC), placing its payload of nine satellites in orbit.

A wide range of small satellites can be accommodated by the Vega rocket: from 300 kg to 2500 kg, depending on destination. The reference mission is a sun-synchronous orbit (700 km) for a 1500 kg satellite.

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