Arianespace

Vega

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CEO: Stéphane Israël Founded: 1980 Successes: 108 Failures: 5 Pending: 35

Arianespace SA is a multinational company founded in 1980 as the world's first commercial launch service provider. It undertakes the production, operation, and marketing of the Ariane programme. Their vehicles launch exclusively from French Guiana in South America.

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Launch Vehicle


Vega

Configuration:
Family: Vega

Vega is the smallest lifter in the current Arianespace family.

Vehicle Specifications


Vega
GTO: None
LEO: 1500
Length: 29.9 m
Diameter: 3.025 m
Launch Mass: 137000k kg
Thurst: 2974 kN
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Earth Science


ADM-Aeolus is an Earth observation satellite build by Airbus Defense and Space for ESA. Its goal is to directly observe wind profiles from space on a global scale and provide data that could improve weather forecasting and advance understanding of atmospherics dynamics and climate. The Aeolus satellite weighs around 1366 kg and will fly in low sun-synchronous orbit at about 400 km altitude. There it will be monitoring weather around the world for 3 years.

Launch Window


NET: August 22nd 2018 - 21:20 UTC

Open: August 22nd 2018 - 21:20 UTC

Close: August 22nd 2018 - 21:20 UTC

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Kourou, French Guiana

Ariane Launch Area 1, Kourou